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Washington, D.C. 20549-1004







Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): February 1, 2013 (January 28, 2013)




(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Delaware   001-35634   33-0415940

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

26972 Burbank

Foothill Ranch, CA 92610

(Address of principal executive offices; zip code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:

(949) 699-3900



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Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

On February 1, 2013, The Wet Seal, Inc. (the “Company”) announced that Ken Seipel, the President and Chief Operating Officer, resigned from the Company on January 28, 2013, to be effective today, to pursue other professional opportunities.

Concurrently, the Company has eliminated the Chief Operating Officer position, and John Goodman, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, will assume direct leadership over the store operations, e-commerce and construction functions, while Steve Benrubi, the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, will assume direct leadership over the information technology and real estate functions.

Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure.

On February 1, 2013, the Company issued a press release announcing that, as part of its strategic review of business operations, the Company has implemented various cost-saving and investment initiatives, including a workforce reduction of 35 positions, of which a portion are currently vacant positions, representing annualized pre-tax savings of approximately $3.8 million. In addition, the Company has plans to reduce store labor by approximately $2.5 million annually through staffing efficiency measures and other costs by approximately $2.1 million annually. The Company also executed early lease terminations for two Arden B stores that had lease terms extending beyond fiscal 2013 and will now close at the end of fiscal 2012. These stores incurred fiscal 2012 operating losses of approximately $1.0 million. The Company also initiated new investments in its Human Resources function, which are expected to bring many needed, value-added services to the Company’s field and corporate teams. The estimated recurring annual cost for such investments is approximately $1.9 million. Finally, the Company announced it expects to incur approximately $2.0 million in incremental legal fees in fiscal 2013 for its defense in certain employment-related litigation that arose in prior years.

A copy of the Company’s press release is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits.


Exhibit No.



99.1    Press Release, dated February 1, 2013, issued by the Company.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


    The Wet Seal, Inc.
Dated: February 1, 2013     By:  

/s/ Steven H. Benrubi

    Name:   Steven H. Benrubi
    Title:   Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer