Teen clothier Rue21 is closing 400 stores — nearly half of its brick-and-mortar operations — nationally as it focuses on internet sales.

The company had operated 700 stores in 48 states across the country, according to its website.

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“It’s true — we are closing some stores,” the company said in a post on Facebook. “It was a difficult but necessary decision.”

The company did not say how soon it would be closing its stores, which are in malls, strip centers and outlets.

This teen clothing company is shutting down 400 stores nationwide Flickr / Nathan Bush

Jared Leone, Cox Media Group National Content Desk