J.C. Penney has taken the next step in implementing its store optimization strategy, adding 13 store closures as part of its second phase, pending court approval. Store sales are expected to begin on or around July 3.
The stores slated to close include locations in Washington, Michigan, Maryland, New York and California.
Last week, the retailer commenced store closing sales at 137 stores across the country. The decisions were made based on a comprehensive evaluation of its retail footprint and a careful analysis of store performance and future strategic fit for J.C. Penney, the company said.
At this time, nearly all of the company’s stores have reopened after temporarily closing due to the coronavirus pandemic.
J.C. Penney filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in May.