‘RIP Forever 21’: People are reminiscing about their days of shopping at the fast-fashion retailer as it pledges to reorganize in bankruptcy

A customer shops during the grand opening of the Forever 21 flagship store in New York's Times Square in 2010.

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A customer shops during the grand opening of the Forever 21 flagship store in New York’s Times Square in 2010.
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Forever 21 announced that it is filing for bankruptcy and closing almost half of its global store base on Sunday. Since then, hundreds of people have taken to social media to reminisce about their time shopping at the store and to express their sadness over the news of its recent downfall.

The company said Sunday that it would be closing up to 350 stores globally, effectively ceasing operations in 40 countries, and closing most of its locations in Europe and Asia.

A representative for the company later confirmed to Business Insider that up to 178 locations would be closing in the US.

Read more: We shopped at Forever 21 the day after the fast-fashion retailer filed for bankruptcy and saw firsthand why it’s in hot water

In a letter to shoppers, Forever 21 stressed that it is not going out of business but instead taking “positive steps to reorganize the business.”

“This was an important and necessary step to secure the future of our company, which will enable us to reorganize our business and reposition Forever 21,” Linda Chang, Forever 21’s executive vice president, said in a press statement.

Here’s what its fans are saying: