By Ken Molestina

PLANO (CBS 11 NEWS) – Plano-based J.C. Penney has announced the closure of 33 stores nationwide. The stores are located in 20 different states across the country, and company officials insist none are planned for closing in Texas. According to a statement released by J.C. Penney the move is in efforts to get rid of under-performing stores and save the company $65 million a year.

Myron E. Ullman III, the CEO of the company said in part, “As we continue to progress toward long-term profitable growth, it is necessary to reexamine the financial performance of our store portfolio and adjust our national footprint accordingly.”

J.C. Penney’s customers in North Texas were quick to react to the news fearing closures in other states will ultimately mean a negative effect  to it’s stores in Texas.

Taire Loredo, a J.C. Penney customer from Fort Worth said, “”If it’s going to close somewhere else then I’m pretty sure we are going to get hit with it soon.”

The closure of the 33 stores means about 2,000 jobs will be eliminated. For those employees who are not staying with the company, J.C. Penney says they will be offered separation benefits packages.

The program encourages students to report incidents immediately and even offers an option to do it anonymously.

The 33 J.C. Penney Stores Slated For Closure –

Selma, Ala. — Selma Mall
Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. — Arrow Plaza
Colorado Springs — Chapel Hills Mall
Meriden, Conn. — Meriden Square
Leesburg, Fla. — Lake Square Mall
Port Richey, Fla. — Gulf View Square
Muscatine, Iowa — Muscatine Mall
Bloomingdale, Ill. — Stratford Square Mall
Forsyth, Ill. — Hickory Point Mall
Marion, Ind. — Five Points Mall
Warsaw, Ind. — Marketplace Shopping Center
Salisbury, Md. — The Centre at Salisbury
Marquette, Mich. — Westwood Plaza
Worthington, Minn. — Northland Mall
Gautier, Miss. — Singing River Mall
Natchez, Miss. — Natchez Mall
Butte, Mont. — Butte Plaza Shopping Center
Cut Bank, Mont.
Kinston, N.C. — Vernon Park Mall
Burlington, N.J. — Burlington Center
Phillipsburg, N.J. — Phillipsburg Mall
Wooster, Ohio — Wayne Towne Plaza
Exton, Pa. — Exton Square Mall
Hazleton, Pa. — LaurelMall
Washington, Pa. — Washington Mall
Chattanooga — Northgate Mall
Bristol, Va. — Bristol Mall
Norfolk, Va. — Military Circle Mall
Fond du Lac, Wis., Forest Mall
Janesville, Wis. — Janesville Mall
Rhinelander, Wis. — Lincoln Plaza Center
Rice Lake, Wis. — Cedar Mall
Wausau, Wis. — Wausau Mall

(©2014 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

Latest News:

[display-posts category=”news,sports” wrapper=”ul” posts_per_page=”5″]

Top Trending: