Quick Read: Petoskey's JC Penney not among stores on closing list

Posted March 21, 2017

The Tennessee Valley avoided the carnage from J.C. Penney's latest store closing spree.

J.C. Penney store locations at the King of Prussia Mall, the Philadelphia Mills Mall, and at Willow Grove Park will all be shut down possibly as soon as June, the company said. Seven locations in MI - including stores in the Upper Peninsula communities of Sault Ste. Most affected stores will begin liquidation sales on April 17th.

No WARN notices were filed for the store closures as of Friday afternoon.

Meanwhile, another "store closing" sign also went up in Pendleton last week - Radio Shack in Melanie Square.

A spokesman said the company will “go to great lengths” to relocate “esteemed leaders.” If possible, it will help employees identify other jobs in nearby J.C. Penney stores, he said. According to a recent release the company expects approximately 5,000 positions nationwide will be impacted by the closures.

The retail chain will close only two stores in Florida.

When the company announced February 24 it would close 130-140 stores, it had more than 1,000 locations in the US and Puerto Rico.

J.C. Penney says it will be adding beauty products, appliances, home goods and toys as part of its strategy to appeal to a customer base that's 70 percent women.