JC Penney to close 154 stores, including 3 in MI

Joanna Estrada
June 6, 2020

J.C. Penney says it's closing 154 stores nationwide, including its outlet in Grand Island, Nebraska.

JC Penney Company has announced the first phase of 154 store closures, including five in NC and one here in eastern Carolina.

The Shoppes at Parma and Tri-County Plaza stores have been closed since the start of the coronavirus shutdown in March, but are expected to reopen for going-out-of-business sales before closing permanently. The mall has been closed since Monday after a robbery and the store is no longer listed on JC Penney's website.

The store closings were made "following a comprehensive evaluation of its retail footprint and a careful analysis of store performance and future strategic fit for the company", a press release states.

Several JCPenney stores will be shutting down as part of the company's bankruptcy plans.

JC Penney is closing more than 150 stores across the nation and the Shreveport store on Youree Drive in the Regal Court Shopping Center is on the chopping block. Sephora, an internationally known beauty and skin care products chain, opened a location inside the Westdale J.C. Penney store in 2015.

The Plano, Texas-based retailer said it could take about 10 to 16 weeks to complete the closures. Additionally, Sams Chapel at Kansas Wesleyan University is named in honor of the parents of E.C. Sams, who donated $25,000 toward the construction of the Pioneer Hall-Sams Chapel building.

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