J. C. Penney Co. is closing another eight stores this year, the company said Thursday.
These closures come on top of the massive round of cuts last year, when the retailer said it would shutter up to 140 doors.
Of the eight stores set to close this year, one in St. Louis, Mo., already closed on Jan. 21. A unit in Paramus, N.J. started liquidating on Jan. 25 and is scheduled to go dark March 10.
“For the remaining six locations, the store liquidation process will begin on March 5 and the stores will close on or about May 12,” a Penney’s spokesman said. These six stores are in Galesburg, Ill.; Alexandria, Minn.; Bartlesville, Okla.; Burlington, Wash.; Calexico, Calif., and Mt. Vernon, Ohio.
“As part of the company’s ongoing efforts to achieve sustainable growth and long-term profitability, we continually evaluate our store portfolio to ensure our locations offer the best expression of the J.C. Penney brand and can function as a seamless extension of our omnichannel experience,” the Penney’s spokesman said. “During this review, the decision was made to close eight stores in 2018 across the country.”
Earlier this week, Penney’s confirmed that it was closing its Milwaukee distribution center on July 1 and the customer care center on the same site on Sept. 1. Those operations will be transferred to facilities in Lenexa, Kan., and Columbus, Ohio.
Penney’s is also considering closing its 150,000-square-foot store in the Manhattan Mall in Manhattan on Sixth Avenue and 32nd Street and has been seeking to sublease the site. The store does a large volume but the costs of operating at that location are also high. The Penney’s web site indicates that the company operates approximately 875 stores.