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J.C. Penney on Thursday received bankruptcy court approval to begin liquidation sales at stores that are closing permanently.

The department store chain, which is expected to close 242 stores for good, also won rent relief as it tries to avoid liquidation. The company won't have to pay rent for June or July until July 13 for the roughly 600 stores it's not permanently closing, Judge David Jones ruled.

The company had requested rent relief for all of its locations, but the judge limited the deferred rent payments to stores that expect to continue operations.

Liquidation sales could begin as soon as this weekend at the initial 154 J.C. Penney stores that will permanently close. (Scroll down to see the list.)

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The Texas-based chain is the largest company to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection so far during the coronavirus pandemic.

The going-out-of-business sales are expected to last 10 to 16 weeks.

Florida, Ohio and Indiana each have nine closures, California has eight, and New York, Texas and Georgia have seven closings apiece.

The company is hoping to shed debt and split into two entities: an operating business and a real estate investment trust. If that plan doesn't work, the company may agree to sell itself. Although the retailer hopes to stay in business, liquidation of the entire chain remains a possibility.

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J.C. Penney attorneys told Judge Jones on Thursday that they face a crucial deadline of July 15 to deliver a business plan supported by key lenders. Without one, the company is expected to pursue a sale instead. Such a sale could lead to a total liquidation if no suitors emerge who are willing to continue operating the business.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the store liquidation sales will be handled differently from past liquidations. Fewer shoppers will be allowed into stores because of social distancing guidelines.

J.C. Penney store closings 2020
Here are the first 154 J.C. Penney stores that are permanently closing.

Alabama J.C. Penney closing stores
Andalusia: Covington Mall, 922 River Falls St.

Florence: Regency Square, 301 Cox Creek Parkway

Scottsboro: Jackson Square, 1601 S Broad

Spanish Fort: Spanish Fort Town Center, 22500 Town Center Ave.

Arizona J.C. Penney store closings
Cottonwood: Little Creek Center, 1100-B Highway 260

Phoenix: Christown Spectrum, 1727 W Bethany Home Road

Tucson: El Con Shopping Center, 3501 E Broadway

Arkansas closing J.C. Penney stores
Batesville: Independence Center, 475 S St. Louis St.

Conway: Conway Towne Center, 201 Skyline Drive

El Dorado: Mellor Park Mall, 1845 N West Ave.

Harrison: The Fashion Center, 814 U.S. Highway 62-65 N

California J.C. Penney store closings
Chino: Rancho Del Chino Shopping Center, 14659 Ramona Ave.

Delano: 1228 Main St.

Los Banos: San Luis Plaza, 951 W Pacheco Blvd.

Paso Robles: Woodland Plaza, 120 Niblick Road

San Bernardino: Inland Center, 300 Inland Center

Tracy: West Valley Mall, 3100 Naglee Road

Turlock: Countryside Plaza, 1840 Countryside Drive

Yreka: Yreka Junction Mall, 1810 Fort Jones Road

Colorado J.C. Penney closing stores
Durango: Durango Mall, 800 S Camino Del Rio

Fort Collins: 135 Bockman Drive

Greeley: Greeley Mall, 2080 Greeley Mall

Montrose: River Landing Shopping Center, 3400 Rio Grande Ave.

Connecticut J.C. Penney store closure
Torrington: Torrington Commons, 251 High St.

Florida J.C. Penney closing stores
Bradenton: Desoto Square Mall, 303 301 Blvd. W

Cape Coral: Coralwood Shopping Center, 2301 Del Prado Blvd.

Fort Myers: Gulf Coast Town Center, 10083 Gulf Center Drive

Jacksonville: Regency Square Mall, 9501 Arlington Expressway

Lake Wales: Eagle Ridge Mall, 501 Eagle Ridge Drive

Mary Esther: Santa Rosa Shopping Center, 300 Mary Esther Blvd.

Orlando: Orlando Fashion Square, 3115 E Colonial Drive

Sebring: Lakeshore Mall, 901 U.S. 27 N

Tampa: Westshore Plaza, 201 Westshore Plaza

Georgia J.C. Penney closing stores
Athens: Georgia Square, 3700 Atlanta Highway

Atlanta: Northlake Mall, 4840 Briarcliff Road NE

Douglasville: Arbor Place Mall, 6650 Douglas Blvd.

Gainesville: Lakeshore Mall, 150 Pearl Nix Parkway

Rome: Mount Berry Mall 300 Mount Berry Square NE

Statesboro: Statesboro Mall, 325 Northside Drive E

Waycross: Hatcher Point Mall, 2215 Memorial Drive

Idaho closing J.C. Penney stores
Lewiston: Lewiston Shopping Center, 1826 19th Ave.

Ponderay: Bonner Mall, 300 Bonner Mall Way

Illinois J.C. Penney closing stores
Bourbonnais: Northfield Square, 1600 N State Route 50

Calumet City: River Oaks Shopping Center, 200 River Oaks Center Drive

Carbondale: University Mall, 1201 E Main

Freeport: Freeport Mall, 1810 S West Ave.

Mount Vernon: Times Square Mall, 115 Times Square Mall

Indiana J.C. Penney closing stores
Bedford: Bedford Town Fair, 1118 James Ave.

Elkhart: Concord Mall, 3701 S Main St.

Indianapolis: NW Pavilion at Michigan Road, 8752 Michigan Road

Kokomo: Kokomo Mall, 1718 E Blvd.

Madison: River Point Mall, 435 E Clifty Drive

Muncie: Muncie Mall, 3501 Granville Ave.

Plymouth: Pilgrim Place Mall, 1350 Pilgrim Lane

Richmond: Richmond Square, 4199 National Road E

Vincennes: Vincennes Plaza, 640 Niblack Blvd.

Iowa J.C. Penney store closings
Carroll: 504 N Adams St.

Marshalltown: Marshalltown Mall, 2500 Shopping Center St.

Kansas J.C. Penney store closures
Emporia: Flint Hills Village, 1678 Industrial Road

Liberal: Liberal Plaza, 1513 N Kansas Ave.

Salina: Central Mall, 2259 S 9th St.

Kentucky J.C. Penney closing stores
Campbellsville: Green River Plaza, 399 Campbellsville Bypass

Danville: Danville Manor Shopping Center, 1560 Houstonville Road

Hopkinsville: Bradford Square, 4000 Fort Campbell Blvd.

Maysville: Market Square, U.S. 68 S and AA Highway

Middlesboro: Middlesboro Mall, 905 N 12th St.

Owensboro: Town Square Mall, 5000 Frederica St.

Louisiana J.C. Penney store closures
Lafayette: Acadiana Mall, 5725 Johnston St.

Metairie: Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd.

Shreveport: Regal Court Shopping Center, 7451 Youree Drive

Maryland closing J.C. Penney stores
Abingdon: Boulevard at Box Hill, 3411 Merchant Blvd.

Lanham: Woodmore Towne Center at Glen, 9100 McHugh Drive

La Vale: Country Club Mall, 1262 Vocke Road

Michigan J.C. Penney closures
Alpena: Alpena Mall, 2338 U.S. 23 S

Cadillac: Cadillac Shopping Center, 1550 N Mitchell St.

Petoskey: 408 E Mitchell St.

Minnesota closing J.C. Penney stores
Coon Rapids: Riverdale Village, 12550 Riverdale Blvd.

Eden Prairie: Eden Prairie Center, 8201 Flying Cloud Drive

Maple Grove: Grove Square Shopping Center, 13701 Grove Drive

Willmar: Kandi Mall, 1605 South First St.

Mississippi J.C. Penney store closings
Laurel: Sawmill Square Mall, 910 Sawmill Road

Starkville: Starkville Crossing, 864 Highway 12 W

Missouri closing J.C. Penney stores
Kirksville: Kirksville Shopping Center, 2206 S Baltimore St.

Independence: Bolger Square, 17610 E 39th St. S

Montana J.C. Penney store closure
Bozeman: Gallatin Valley Mall, 2825 W Main St.

Nebraska closing J.C. Penney store
Grand Island: Conestoga Mall, 3404 W 13th St.

New Hampshire J.C. Penney closings
Keene: West Street Shopping Center, 381 West St.

North Conway: Mountain Valley Mall, State Highway 16 and Route 302

Rochester: Lilac Mall, 25 Lilac Mall (Route 125)

West Lebanon: Upper Valley Plaza, 250 Plainfield Road

New Mexico J.C. Penney store closure
Alamogordo: White Sands Mall, 3199 N White Sands

New York J.C. Penney closing stores
Auburn: Finger Lakes Mall, 1579 Clark Street Road

Batavia: Batavia City Centre, 40 Batavia City Center

Canandaigua: Roseland Shopping Center, 3225 State Route 364

New Hartford: Sangertown Square Mall, 1 Sangertown Square

Oswego: Oswego Plaza, 140 State Route 104

Rome: Freedom Mall, 205 Erie Blvd. W

Syracuse: Destiny USA, 9559 Destiny USA Drive

North Carolina J.C. Penney closures
Henderson: Henderson Square, 380 N Cooper Drive

Lumberton: Biggs Park Shopping Center, 2910 N Elm St.

New Bern: Twin Rivers Mall, 3100 M L King Jr Blvd.

Raleigh: North Hills Shopping Center, 4217 Six Forks Road

Rockingham: Richmond Plaza, 1305 E Broad Ave.

Ohio closing J.C. Penney stores
Akron: Chapel Hill Mall, 2000 Brittain Road

Akron: Tri County Plaza, 1500 Canton Road

Alliance: Carnation Mall, 2500 W State St.

Ashtabula: Ashtabula Mall, 3315 N Ridge Road E

Cincinnati: Governors Plaza, 9365 Fields Ertel Road

Defiance: Northtowne Mall, 1500 N Clinton St.

East Liverpool: Summit Square Shopping Center, 16280 Dresden Ave.

Parma: The Shoppes At Parma, 7900 Day Drive

Piqua: Miami Valley Mall, 987 E Ash St.

Oklahoma J.C. Penney store closures
Enid: Oakwood Mall, 4125 W Owen K Garriott Road

McAlester: Tandy Town Shopping Center, 1744 E Carl Albert Parkway

Midwest City: Town Center Plaza, 7271 SE 29th St.

Muskogee: Arrowhead Mall, 501 N Main St.

Shawnee: Shawnee Mall, 4901 N Kickapoo Ave.

Tulsa: Tulsa Promenade, 4101 S Yale Ave.

Oregon J.C. Penney closures
Bend: Cascade Village, 63455 N Highway 97

McMinnville: McMinnville Plaza, 2180 NE Highway 99 W

Roseburg: Garden Valley Mall, 780 NW Garden Valley Blvd.

Salem: Salem Center, 305 Liberty St. NE

Pennsylvania J.C. Penney closing stores
Butler: Clearview Mall, 101 Clearview Circle

Hanover: North Hanover Mall, 1155 Carlisle St.

Monaca: Beaver Valley Mall, 200 Beaver Valley Mall

Monroeville: Monroeville Mall, 500 Monroeville Mall

Tarentum: Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, 167 Pittsburgh Mill Circle

South Carolina J.C. Penney closings
Anderson: Anderson Mall, 3187 N Main St.

Beaufort: Cross Creek Mall, 328 Robert Smalls Parkway

Florence: Magnolia Mall, 2701 David H McLeod Blvd.

Myrtle Beach: Myrtle Beach Mall, 10177 N Kings Highway

Orangeburg: Prince of Orange Mall, 2390 Chestnut St.

Rock Hill: Rock Hill Galleria, 2321 Dave Lyle Blvd.

South Dakota J.C. Penney store closure
Brookings: University Mall, 990 22nd Ave. S

Tennessee J.C. Penney closing stores
Cleveland: Bradley Square, 200 Paul Huff Parkway NW

Columbia: Columbia Mall, 800 S James Campbell Blvd.

Dyersburg: Dyersburg Mall, 2700 Lake Road

Kingsport: Kingsport Town Center, 2101 Fort Henry Drive

Maryville: Foothills Mall, 101 Foothills Mall

McMinnville: Three Star Mall, 1410 Sparta St.

Texas J.C. Penney store closings
Dallas: Timber Creek Crossing, 6051 Skillman St.

Greenville: Crossroads Mall, 6834 Wesley St.

Huntsville: West Hills Mall, 2 Financial Plaza

Lewisville: Music City Mall, 2401 S Stemmons Fairway

Lufkin: Lufkin Shopping Center, 4600 S Medford Drive

Palestine: Palestine Mall, 1930 S Loop 256

Paris: Mirabeau Square, 3560 Lamar Ave. Highway 82

Utah J.C. Penney closing locations
Layton: Layton Hills Mall, 1201 N Hill Field Road

Logan: Cache Valley Mall, 1350 N Main St.

Vermont J.C. Penney closing stores
Bennington: Bennington Square, 99 Bennington Square

Berlin: Berlin Mall, 282 Berlin Mall Road

Virginia closing J.C. Penney stores
Danville: Danville Mall, 325 Piedmont Drive

Staunton: Colonial Mall, 90 Lee Jackson Highway

Wisconsin J.C. Penney store closure
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