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Wet Seal Inc. has hired restructuring lawyers and may file for bankruptcy as early as next week, sources familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal.

The Foothill Ranch-based retailer has reportedly hired Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP in Los Angeles, a firm that focuses on bankruptcy cases.

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Wet Seal on Wednesday said it’s closing 338 stores and laying off 3,695 full- and part-time employees “after assessing its overall financial condition” and failing to “successfully negotiate meaningful concessions from its landlords.” The retailer said it will continue to operate 173 stores and its e-commerce business.

It entered into a forbearance agreement with Hudson Bay Master Fund Ltd. on Jan. 3 after missing a payment on a $28.8 million loan.

Wet Seal shares were trading at 7 cents and a $5.6 million market value Friday morning. That’s down from $2.50 per share and a $213.6 million market value about a year ago.