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Fashion chain Bebe closing all stores, including its last one in Minnesota

Another week, another retailer announces closures impacting Minnesota.
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Another week, another round of store closures in what has been a terrible year for bricks-and-mortar retailers.

The latest to fall victim of tough trading conditions is women's fashion chain Bebe, which announced on Friday that it would be closing all 175 of its remaining stores in North America.

According to the list of store closures, this includes its last remaining Minnesota store at the Mall of America, with the mall confirming to GoMN that the outlet was closed as of Friday.

It also had a store at the Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka, but this shut down in an earlier wave of closures a few weeks back. It previously had an outlet at the Rosedale Center as well.

The decision to close all its stores means Bebe is able to avoid filing for bankruptcy, and it is now exploring "strategic alternatives" for its business, CNBC reports, with speculation rife that it's transitioning to an online-only model.

It comes just a few days after another women's fashion retailer, rue 21, announced it would be closing 400 stores nationwide – six of which are in Minnesota.

Fashion chains are finding it hard to keep bricks and mortar locations going in the face of increasingly intense competition from online shopping.

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