Limited Brands, which once owned Lane Bryant, Abercrombie & Fitch, Express, Limited Too and Bath & Body Works stores, was bought out in full by Sun Capital Partners Inc. in 2010.
The Limited is looking at restructuring, a sale or closing outright. In December, interim chief executive John Buell resigned to accept a management position at another women's brand, Altar'd State. He had been at The Limited only a month, replacing Diane Ellis, who stepped down in October 2016 after three years.
A letter to employees from chief financial officer Larry Fultz obtained by WSJ said the company will need to be sold or closed entirely. He wrote that the company was in the process of reviewing bids from interested buyers and was "hopeful" that it would stay open.
The company's most recent Facebook post was an apology for a delay in shipping after a high volume of sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Some orders were delivered more than two weeks late. The company wrote:
"This is not the kind of service we planned to deliver, and we sincerely apologize. Please know that you are our top priority, and we are working diligently to ship orders out as fast as we can. Thank you for your continued patience."