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Forever 21 lists 178 stores at risk of closure, including at Mall of America

The retailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this week.

Fast-fashion chain Forever 21 has released a list of 178 stores that are at risk of closure, including one in Minnesota.

The retailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this week, and is now considering a cull of its store numbers as it seeks to recover.

The list of potential closing stores, as shared by USA Today, includes its store at the Mall of America in Bloomington.

The list filed by Forever 21 said it's possible that all of the stores it listed "may not end up closing" as the firm renegotiates leases and rents.

In fact, the company says it expects a "significant number" of the stores will stay open.

Forever 21 has four outlets in the state, with the others at Rosedale Center, The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove, and at the Apache Mall in Rochester.

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It did have a presence at the Crossroads Center in St. Cloud as recently as this summer, but the St. Cloud Times reported it closed at the end of July.

Forever 21 is a former retail success story and expanded aggressively across the U.S. with its trademark "fast-fashion" offering.

But Forbes notes that the retailer has lost customers to competitors like Zara and H&M, as well as online-only retailers like Asos and Fashion Nova.

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