Payless preparing for bankruptcy with store closures

Payless ShoeSource is preparing for its second bankruptcy, which could come as soon as within two weeks, a person familiar with the situation tells CNBC.

As part of the bankruptcy process, Payless is is looking for buyers for its real estate, which could include selling large blocks of stores in certain areas of the country. If it cannot find buyers, it may need to shutter the majority, if not all, of its North American store-base, the person said.

Payless filed for bankruptcy protection in April 2017 and closed nearly 400 stores. The retailer currently has more than 2,700 North American stores, according to its website.

The person requested anonymity because the information is confidential. A spokesperson for Payless did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Bloomberg first reported Payless’s bankruptcy plan.

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