Low-price fashion chain For life 21, an one-time hot destination for teen consumers that fell victim to its own quick development and changing consumer tastes, has applied for Chapter 11 personal bankruptcy security.

The independently held firm based in Los Angeles claimed Sunday it will certainly close to 178 shops in the U.S. Since the bankruptcy filing, the business ran regarding 800 shops globally, consisting of even more than 500 shops in the U.S.

. The company said it would concentrate on taking full advantage of the value of its UNITED STATE stores and shutter specific global locations. For life 21 plans to shut a lot of its places in Asia as well as Europe but will proceed operating in Mexico as well as Latin America.

“The choices regarding which domestic shops will certainly be closing are recurring, pending the result of ongoing discussions with proprietors,” it stated in the declaration. “We do, however, expect a considerable variety of these shops will continue to be open and run as typical, and we do not anticipate to exit any significant markets in the UNITED STATE”

Forever 21 joins Barneys New York and also Diesel USA in an expanding checklist of stores seeking insolvency security as they battle on the internet competitors. Others like Payless ShoeSource as well as Charlotte Russe have closed down totally.

The numbers substantiate the crisis encountering typical merchants. Much this year, publicly traded U.S. sellers have introduced they will certainly shut 8,558 stores as well as open 3,446, according to the global study company Coresight Study. That compares to 5,844 closures and also 3,258 openings in all of 2018.

Coresight approximates the shop closures could number 12,000 by the end of 2019.

Permanently 21 was founded in 1984 and, along with various other supposed fast fashion chains like H&M and also Zara, rode a wave of popularity amongst young customers that removed in the mid-1990s.

Their popularity expanded throughout the Great Economic crisis, when buyers sought fashion deals.

Over the last year or so, rapid fashion has dropped out of design. Youthful clients are losing rate of interest in throw-away clothes and are a lot more thinking about acquiring eco-friendly products. They’re additionally inclining rental and also on the internet second-hand sites like Thredup, where they see clothing used once again rather than winding up in a land fill.

These trends are taking place while discounters like Target have actually spruced up their style varieties, swiping away clients.

For life 21 has actually also been more at risk than some various other chains due to the fact that of its large impacts in major shopping centers, which are attracting fewer customers.