JC Penney announces closure of Decorah store, 137 others

The company announced in February it would close 138 of its brick and mortar stores.

The Chanute store is among 138 J.C. Penney locations closing in June.

"In 1917, James Cash Penney, the founder of JCPenney, established 50 new locations across the country, bringing the total number of his stores to 177 - just as the US was entering World War I", English said in a news release. "I have four kids and we do a lot of shopping there".

The store closings are expected to affect 5,000 employment positions nationwide, with Penney noting that it is identifying relocation opportunities for "esteemed leaders" and will provide outplacement services for associates leaving the company.

Stores affected in Georgia include those in Gateway Plaza in Thomasville and the Tifton Mall, as well as locations in Milledgeville, Macon and Dublin.

It once shared a building with a grocery store that closed years ago.

Large box department store retailers such as J.C. Penney continue to retrench in the face of tighter competition from retail specialty chains.

JC Penney will close its stores in Chanute, Hutchinson, Great Bend, Lawrence and Winfield.

The Winona store is one of 138 the retailer will close nationwide - including eight stores in Minnesota - in a move meant to "to advance sustainable growth and long-term profitability", according to a corporate statement. The last time he was at the Penney store was a year ago to make the same purchase.

Local Penney's and mall management had no comment. Slumping sales from foot-traffic into the stores is the reason, as more people switch to buying on line. The liquidation process will begin on April 17.

The Iowa stores included on the closure list are in Decorah, Fort Dodge, Oskaloosa and Ottumwa.

  • Neal Todd