US women's wear retailer Bebe Stores expects to shutter all of its brick-and-mortar stores by the end of next month.

In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission last week, Bebe said it anticipates to recognise an impairment charge of about US$20m, net of deferred rent and other credits, as a result of the closures.

According to the SEC filing, this impairment charge will be recorded in the third and fourth quarters of this year.

The move follows news last month that Bebe was exploring "strategic alternatives" on the back of a US$5.2m loss and a slump in sales in its second-quarter, and reports the company planned to shutter all of its stores, without filing for bankruptcy, and is seeking a turnaround as an online brand.

Bebe Stores exploring options amid Q2 loss

Bluestar Alliance LLC, which inked a joint venture with Bebe last year, told just-style today (24 April) it is not commenting further.