Rimrock Mall

Shoppers enter Rimrock Mall in Billings in May 2016. 

BOB ZELLAR, Gazette Staff

Rue21, a national teen clothing retailer, is closing about 400 stores across the country, including three in Montana and one in Sheridan, Wyoming, the company announced Monday.

The retailer did not announce closing dates for the stores in Havre, Bozeman, Butte and Sheridan. For now Rue21 will keep its other four stores in Montana: Rimrock Mall in Billings, Holiday Village Mall in Great Falls, Kalispell Center Mall in Kalispell and Southgate Mall in Missoula.

A company spokesman said Monday the retailer is closing unprofitable stores and focusing on more profitable locations.

The announced closure represents about one-third of Rue21 total stores. The company plans to reduce its footprint to about 800 stores nationwide.

Warrendale, Pennsylvania-based Rue21 is the latest retailer to cut back its physical stores and reduce costs in the face of online competition.

Last month, J.C. Penney announced it was closing 138 stores nationwide, including stores in Sidney, Helena and Sheridan, Wyoming.

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