JC Penney closing 154 stores nationwide; including Emporia, Salina, and Liberal stores


The comapny logo is shown on an awning over a window at a shuttered JCPenney department store Sunday, May 17, 2020, near Brighton, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

NEW YORK, N.Y. (AP) — J.C. Penney announced Thursday it is closing 154 stores nationwide in what it is calling the first phase of its efforts to shrink its footprint.

The Plano, Texas-based retailer said it could take about 10 to 16 weeks to complete the closures. Penney filed for bankruptcy protection last month, making it the biggest retailer to do since the coronavirus pandemic forced non-essential stores to be shut down temporarily.

As part of its bankruptcy reorganization, Penney said it planned to permanently close nearly a third of its 846 stores in the next two years. That would leave it with just over 600 locations. 

JC Penney stores that are closing in the KSN viewing area include Emporia, Salina, and Liberal locations. To view a listing of all JC Penney stores that are closing nationwide, click here.


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