US women's fashion retailer A'Gaci has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and is to close and wind down all 54 of its brick and mortar store locations in the US and Puerto Rico.

The company filed for voluntary petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas last week. It is the second such filing in less than two years for the company.

Court documents noted the San Antonio-based retailer has faced a "challenging business environment brought on by a shift in consumer preferences away from shopping at brick and mortar stores to online retail channels, hurricanes that impacted its most profitable stores, and difficulties with the implementation of an inventory management system."

The papers noted these factors "have left the debtor with a significant number of stores operating at sub-optimal performance levels."

As a result, A'Gaci has determined it is appropriate to initially close and wind down all of its brick and mortar store locations. It is expected that the majority of the store closings will be completed by the end of August.