Carrie Rengers

Wet Seal stores close in Wichita and elsewhere

The Wet Seal stores at Towne East and Towne West Squares have closed.

The California-based company, which sells clothing and accessories that target young female customers, on Wednesday announced that it’s closing 338 stores this week.

The Towne West Wet Seal’s last day in business was Monday. Tuesday was the final day for the Towne East store.

According to a release, “The Company decided to proceed with the store closures after assessing its overall financial condition and the Company's inability to successfully negotiate meaningful concessions from its landlords. The store closures unfortunately resulted in the termination of approximately 3,695 full and part-time employees.”

Wet Seal will continue to operate about 173 stores and online.

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