J.C. Penney will close its Wauwatosa, WI, distribution center as part of an ongoing effort by the retailer to reduce its supply chain network that a spokesman said is “oversized” relative to the company’s national footprint.
According to a report in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the company will begin the shutdown process of the 2 million square foot facility this summer. J.C. Penney will shift inventory and other workloads from the Wisconsin distribution center to facilities in Lenexa, KS, and Columbus, OH. About 670 jobs will be lost as a result of the closure.
The department store retailer’s move to close the distribution center comes following 2017 when it closed 140 stores as the company faces increased competition from online retailers.