Kelly Tyko

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J.C. Penney files for bankruptcyThe coronavirus pandemic may have been the last straw for the struggling J.C. Penney company.USA TODAY, WochitJ.C. Penney will close more stores in the spring after already closing 150-plus stores since filing for bankruptcy.The retailer, which emerged from bankruptcy this month after being acquired by mall owners Simon Property Group and Brookfield Asset Management, Inc., will close another 15 stores by the end of March, officials confirmed to USA TODAY Thursday.”As part of our store optimization strategy that began in June with our financial restructuring, we have made the decision to close an additional 15 stores,” J.C. Penney said in a statement to USA TODAY. “These stores will begin liquidation sales later this month and will close to the public in mid to late March.”Shopping on TikTok?: Walmart to begin selling on the video platform with livestream event FridayUPS, FedEx, USPS shipping deadlines: Will your Christmas gifts arrive on time or face delays amid COVID vaccine?The department store chain was one of the the largest retailers to file for bankruptcy protection during the coronavirus pandemic. J.C. Penney filed for Chapter 11 on May 2020 after years of sales declines and two months of disruption from the pandemic. It originally said it planned to close about 29% of its 846 stores or 242 locations in bankruptcy.”While store closure decisions are never easy, our store optimization strategy is intended to better position JCPenney to drive sustainable, profitable growth and included plans to close up to 200 stores in phases throughout 2020,” the company said in its statement to USA TODAY.According to a recent report from real estate data tracker CoStar, more than 40 major retailers have declared bankruptcy and more than 11,000 stores have been announced for closure in 2020, which beats past store closings records.Liquidation sales have been handled differently during COVID-19 with fewer shoppers allowed into stores based on state and local regulations.J.C. Penney store closures 2021The following stores are slated to close in mid to late March and will begin liquidation sales later in December. Alabama J.C. Penney closing storeEnterprise: Enterprise Shopping Center, 626 Boll Weevil CircleArizona J.C. Penney store closureKingman: Kingman Square Shopping Center, 3127 Stockton Hill RoadIdaho J.C. Penney store closingCoeur d’Alene: Silverlake Mall, 200 W Hanley Ave.Illinois closing J.C. Penney storeMattoon: Cross County Mall, 700 Broadway Ave.Kentucky J.C. Penney store closingMurray: Chestnut Hills Mall, 720 N 12th St. (US 641)Massachusetts J.C. Penney closureSturbridge: Sturbridge Plaza, 194 Main St.Michigan J.C. Penney closing storeMissouri J.C. Penney store closingWest Plains: Southern Hills Center, 1414 Southern Hills CenterNorth Carolina J.C. Penney closureMatthews: Windsor Square, 10101 E Independence Blvd.Ohio closing J.C. Penney storeBellefontaine: Fontaine Plaza, 1710 S Main St.Pennsylvania J.C. Penney closing store Clarion: Clarion Mall, 22631 Route 68South Carolina J.C. Penney closureTexas J.C. Penney store closingTemple: Colonial/Temple Mall, 3111 S 31st St.Vermont J.C. Penney closing storeSaint Johnsbury: Green Mountain Mall, 1996 Memorial DriveWashington J.C. Penney store closureSequim: Sequim Village Shopping Center, 651 W WashingtonContributing: Nathan Bomey, USA TODAYFollow USA TODAY reporter Kelly Tyko on Twitter: @KellyTyko


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