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JCPenney filed for bankruptcy on Friday, May 15.

In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, JCPenney announced that it would close nearly 30% of its stores.

This summer, 149 stores will close.

JCPenney recently celebrated its 118th birthday, but its latest financial news has shoppers wondering how much longer the struggling department store chain will keep its doors open. In wake of the coronavirus crisis, J.C.Penney Company, Inc filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, joining retailers like J. Crew and Neiman Marcus.

This doesn't come as a surprise, though. JCPenney was struggling long before the pandemic due to a rise in online shopping and the threat of big-box retailers like Walmart and Target. It even closed six stores earlier this year and posted a 5.5% decline in sales for the first three months of 2019. Since the start of 2011, the retailer has closed more than 20% of its stores and cut more than 40% of its staff, yet it still remains bigger than Macy's, Dillard's, and Nordstrom.

CEO Jill Soltau claims the retailer was on the up-and-up earlier this year: "Until this pandemic struck, we had made significant progress rebuilding our company had already begun to pay off. Implementing this financial restructuring plan through a court-supervised process is the best path to ensure that JCPenney will build on its over 100-year history to serve our customers for decades to come," she wrote in a company statement.

While Soltou reiterates that the recent bankruptcy filing doesn't mean that they're going away for good, she made it clear that hundreds of their stores are closing as a result. In fact, 192 JCPenney locations are expected to close in 2020, and an additional 50 next year. That means, 29% of the retailer's 846 stores (242 stores) will close by the end of 2021. The remaining 604 stores "represent the highest sales-generating, most profitable, and most productive stores in the network," JCPenney said in the SEC filing.

In the SEC filing, they confirmed that "stores will close in phases throughout the Chapter 11 process – and the first phase of closures, including specific store details and timing, will be disclosed in the coming weeks." They will start by closing 149 stores across 38 states this summer.

Stores are expected to hold closing sales for 10 to 16 weeks before shutting their doors for good. Liquidation sales started at a majority of the closing stores on June 17, and the others are expected to start on July 3. "All merchandise is on sale, including deeper discounts of 40% on all fine jewelry and window treatments," a recent press release stated. "New seasonal essentials, such as swimwear and sunglasses, are also discounted at 25-30% off." All sales will be final starting June 25.

JCPenney store closures:
Alabama
Andalusia: Covington Mall, River Falls Street

Florence: Regency Square, Cox Creek Parkway

Scottsboro: Jackson Square, South Broad

Arizona
Cottonwood: Little Creek Center, Highway 260

Tucson: El Con Shopping Center, E. Broadway

Arkansas
Batesville: Independence Center, South St. Louis St.

Conway: Conway Towne Center, Skyline Dr.

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

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

California
Concord: Sun Valley Mall, 484 Sun Valley Mall

Delano: Main St.

Los Banos: San Luis Plaza, Pacheco Blvd.

Paso Robles: Woodland Plaza, Niblick Rd.

San Bernardino: Inland Center, Inland Center Drive

Tracy: West Valley Mall, Naglee Road

Yreka: Yreka Junction Mall, Fort Jones Rd.

Colorado
Durango: Durango Mall, S. Camino Del Rio

Fort Collins: Bockman Dr.

Connecticut
Torrington: Torrington Commons, High St.

Florida
Bradenton: Desoto Square Mall, Boulevard W

Cape Coral: Coralwood Shopping Center Del Prado Blvd.

Jacksonville: Regency Square Mall, Arlington Expy

Lake Wales: Eagle Ridge Mall, Eagle Ridge Dr.

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

Orlando: Orlando Fashion Square, E. Colonial Dr.

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

Georgia
Athens: Georgia Square, Atlanta Highway

Atlanta: Northlake Mall, Briarcliff Rd. NE

Douglasville: Arbor Place Mall, Douglas Blvd.

Gainesville: Lakeshore Mall, Pearl Nix Pkwy.

Rome: Mount Berry Mall, Mount Berry Sq. NE

Statesboro: Statesboro Mall, Northside Dr.

Waycross: Hatcher Point Mall, Memorial Drive

Idaho
Lewiston: Lewiston Shopping Center, 19th Avenue

Ponderay: Bonner Mall, Bonner Mall Way

Illinois
Bourbonnais: Northfield Square, N. State RT 50

Carbondale: University Mall, E. Main

Freeport: Freeport Mall, S. West Ave.

Mt. Vernon: Times Square Mall

Indiana
Bedford: Bedford Town Fair, James Ave.

Indianapolis: NW Pavilion, Michigan Rd.

Kokomo: Kokomo Mall, E. Blvd.

Madison: River Point Mall, E. Clifty Dr.

Muncie: Muncie Mall, Granville Ave.

Plymouth: Pilgrim Place Mall, Pilgrim Ln.

Richmond: Richmond Square, National Rd. E

Vincennes: Vincennes Plaza, Niblack Blvd.

Iowa
Carroll: N. Adams St.

Marshalltown: Marshalltown Mall, S. Center St.

Kansas
Emporia: Flint Hills Village, Industrial Rd.

Liberal: Liberal Plaza, N. Kansas Ave.

Salina: Central Mall, S. 9th St.

Kentucky
Campbellsville: Green River Plaza, Campbellsville Bypass

Danville: Danville Manor Shopping Center, Houstonville Rd.

Hopkinsville: Bradford Square, Ft. Campbell Blvd.

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

Middlesboro: Middlesboro Mall, N. 12th St.

Owensboro: Town Square Mall, Frederica St.

Louisiana
Lafayette: Acadiana Mall, Johnston St.

Maryland
Hyattsville: Mall at Prince Georges, 3500 East West Highway

Lanham: Woodmore Towne Center, McHugh Dr.

La Vale: Country Club Mall, Vocke Rd.

Michigan
Alma: Northtown Village, 1680 Wright Ave.

Alpena: Alpena Mall, U.S. 23 S

Bay City: Bay City Town Center, 4129 E Wilder Road

Big Rapids: 125 S Michigan Ave.

Cadillac: Cadillac Shopping Center, N. Mitchell St.

Greenville: Greenville West Mall, 300 Greenville West Drive

Mount Pleasant: Mount Pleasant Shopping Center, 2231 S Mission Road

Okemos: Meridian Mall, 1982 W Grand River Ave.

Owosso: 201 S Washington St.

Petoskey: E. Mitchell St.

Minnesota
Maple Grove: Grove Square Shopping Center, Grove Dr.

Willmar: Kandi Mall, S. First St.

Mississippi
Laurel: Sawmill Square Mall, Sawmill Rd.

Starkville: Starkville Crossing, Hwy. 12 W.

Missouri
Independence: Bolger Square, E 39th St.

Kirksville: Kirksville Shopping Center, S. Baltimore St.

Montana
Bozeman: Gallatin Valley Mall, W. Main St.

Nebraska
Grand Island: Conestoga Mall, W. 13th St.

New Hampshire
Keene: West Street Shopping Center, West St.

North Conway: Mountain Valley Mall, State Highway 16 & RT 302

Rochester: Lilac Mall (RT 125)

West Lebanon: Upper Valley Plaza, Plainfield Rd.

New Mexico
Alamogordo: White Sands Mall, N. White Sands

New York
Auburn: Finger Lakes Mall, Clark St. Rd.

Batavia: Batavia City Center, Batavia City Ctr.

Bay Shore: South Shore Mall, 1701 Sunrise Highway

Canandaigua: Roseland Shopping Center, State RT 364

New Hartford: Sangertown Square Mall, Sangertown Sq.

Poughkeepsie: Poughkeepsie Galleria, 2001 South Road

Rome: Freedom Mall, Erie Blvd. W.

Syracuse: Destiny USA, Destiny USA Dr.

Valley Stream: 1051 Green Acres Mall

North Carolina
Henderson: Henderson Square, N. Cooper Dr.

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

New Bern: Twin Rivers Mall, MLK Jr. Blvd.

Raleigh: North Hills Shopping Center, Six Forks Rd.

Rockingham: Richmond Plaza, E. Broad Ave.

Ohio
Akron: Chapel Hill Mall, Brittain Rd.

Akron: Tri County Plaza, Canton Rd.

Alliance: 2500 W State St, Ste 118

Ashtabula: Ashtabula Mall, N. Ridge Rd. E.

Cincinnati: Governors Plaza, Fields Ertel Rd.

Defiance: Northtowne Mall, N. Clinton St.

East Liverpool: Summit Square Shopping Center, Dresden Ave.

Parma: The Shoppes at Parma, Day Dr.

Piqua: Miami Valley Mall, E. Ash St.

Oklahoma
Enid: Oakwood Mall, W. Owen K. Garriott Rd.

McAlester: Tandy Town Shopping Center, E. Carl Albert Pkwy

Muskogee: Arrowhead Mall, N. Main St.

Shawnee: Shawnee Mall, N. Kickapoo Ave.

Tulsa: Tulsa Promenade, S. Yale Ave.

Oregon
Bend: Cascade Village, N. Hwy 97

McMinnville: McMinnville Plaza, NE Hwy 99 W

Roseburg: Garden Valley Mall, NW Garden Valley Blvd.

Salem: Salem Center, Liberty St. NE

Pennsylvania
Butler: Clearview Mall, Clearview Circle

Hanover: North Hanover Mall, Carlisle St.

Monaca: Beaver Valley Mall

Monroeville: Monroeville Mall

Tarentum: Galleria, Pittsburgh Mill Circle

South Carolina
Beaufort: Cross Creek Mall, Robert Smalls Parkway

Florence: Magnolia Mall, David H. McLeod Blvd.

Myrtle Beach: Myrtle Beach Mall, N. Kings Hwy.

Orangeburg: Prince of Orange Mall, Chestnut St.

Rock Hill: Rock Hill Galleria, Dave Lyle Blvd.

South Dakota
Brookings: University Mall, 22nd Ave. S.

Tennessee
Cleveland: Bradley Square, Paul Huff Pkwy.

Columbia: Columbia Mall, S. James Campbell Blvd.

Dyersburg: Dyersburg Mall, Lake Rd.

Kingsport: Kingsport Town Center, Ft. Henry Dr.

Maryville: Foothills Mall

McMinnville: Three Star Mall, Sparta St.

Texas
Greenville: Crossroads Mall, Wesley St.

Huntsville: West Hills Mall, Financial Plaza

Lewisville: Music City Mall, S. Stemmons FWY

Lufkin: Lufkin Shopping Center, S. Medford Dr.

Palestine: Palestine Mall, S. Loop 256

Paris: Mirabeau Square, Lamar Ave. Highway 82

Utah
Layton: Layton Hills Mall, N. Hill Field Rd.

Logan: Cache Valley Mall, N. Main St.

Vermont
Bennington: Bennington Square, 99 Bennington Sq.

Berlin: Berlin Mall, Berlin Mall Rd.

Virginia
Danville: Danville Mall, Piedmont Dr.

Staunton: Colonial Mall, Lee Jackson HWY

Washington
Omak: Omache Shopping Center, 715 Omache Drive

Sunnyside: Mid-Valley Mall, 2010 Yakima Valley Highway
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