Say Goodbye to Part of Your Childhood: All Bebe Stores are Closing

The store that was literally the source of all my slightly scandalous dresses as a teenager, is now coming to a close.  Bebe stores across North America have been struggling for a while now. Earlier this month they announced they’d be shutting down 28 stores.  Now they’ve just announced that they’ll be shutting down all stores and their online website, leaving me to wonder where I’ll buy all my overly tight, ravishingly uncomfortable, slightly gaudy dresses.  Or, maybe I already have enough??

There was a time not too long ago when I considered entering the retail landscape.  Now, I couldn’t be more deterred!  All brick and mortar stores that use to be powerhouses are now rapidly shutting stores and trying to cut costs.

So who is taking the place of all our favorite brick and mortar stores? Online retailers, including the ultimate powerhouse, Amazon.

I’ll be honest and say it’s been a very long time since I’ve set foot in a physical store, but only mere hours since I’ve visited online stores.  Okay, fine let’s be honest I was searching online stores just five minutes ago and my shopping bags are already more filled than my makeup bag.

It’ll be sad to say goodbye to the store that is practically the source of almost every bodycon dress I’ve ever owned.  But before we say goodbye to Bebe, let’s shop their remaining hot finds! Here is a list of some of their sexy items still available online:

Jean Jumpsuit ($149)

White Leather Moto Jacket ($139)

Flared Floral Trench Coat ($189)

Hot Pink Barely There Slip Dress

Floral Cami ($39)

Perfect Summer Wedding Floral Dress ($129)

Little Black Bustier Dress ($149)

White Faux Leather Cap ($19)

Pink Beaded Choker ($49)






Target Shutting Down all of their Canadian Stores

After two years of trying to make their Canadian operations work, Target has decided to pull out of Canada.  There’s no need to ask why.  After losing 2.1 billion dollars in the Canadian market, pulling out of Canada seems to be the right choice.  A better question is, why did Target not thrive in Canada?  It’s not like Canada has a lot of successful department stores already.  We have no Macy’s.  Sears has been going out of business in a lot of cities.  So why would a low cost department store not be able to turn a profit?  Perhaps Canadians are content with Wal-Mart?

Image Courtesy of Kayla Rocca, Click to Original Post

Image Courtesy of Kayla Rocca, Click to Original Post

CTV news reports that Canadian Target has 17,600 employees that will be affected by this decision.  Currently, Target has 133 locations in Canada, all of which will be closing.

Target’s immersion into the Canadian market was quick seeing as how after two years they already established 133 locations, but somehow their transfer into the Canadian market did not go as planned.

Angela Mulholland for CTV news reports that Canadians were eager and excited when they first learned that Target was going to spread into the Canadian culture two years ago.  Obviously that excitement was not sufficient to ensure a healthy growth.  Mulholland reports that Canadian Target experienced inventory shortages that led to unhappy customers staring at empty store shelves.  Customers claimed that the stores’ products were also more expensive than the products in the American stores.

It seems like the negative turnout was brought on by several factors.  Why do you think Target wasn’t successful in Canada? Share in the comments below!

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J. Molly