Five Kansas Stores Among JC Penney Closures

J.C. Penney to shut 130-plus stores including Holland and Battle Creek locations

"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.

J.C. Penney officials noted the closures are part of the pressures on brick-and-mortar stores, which increasingly are losing market share to off-price competitors and online retailers.

The closings will leave J.C. Penney with a total of about 900 stores.

Only one Washington store will be closing - the Pilchuck Landing location in Snohomish.

The move also means more changes for Foxcroft Towne Center, which is the former Martinsburg Mall.

The Orangeburg store found out Friday it is not among the 138 stores the retail chain will close around the nation. Annual savings from the closures are estimated at $200 million.Most affected stores will begin liquidation on April 17, the company said.

Penney's will still have 13 stores in Louisiana: two in Lafayette and one each in Covington; Metairie; Gretna; Houma; Hammond; Baton Rouge; Lake Charles; Monroe; Alexandria; Shreveport; and Bossier City. Some locations, like Ottumwa, Iowa, a former mining town of almost 25,000 people, have had a J.C. Penney for more than 100 years.

The company announced it is closing its Citadel Mall store in Charleston and its Town 'N Country store in Easley.

Built in 1991, the Martinsburg Mall was purchased by Martinsburg Development Partners LLC in 2013.

While the Limited and Wet Seal closed, another store is coming to the Wyoming Valley Mall this year.

"Due to the increased vacancy inside the mall, it was no longer economically viable to continue to operate the property as an enclosed mall", Cornett said.

"For us, in a small area, it's going to be hard to fill that void ..."

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