JCPenney to close 138 stores, lay off 5,000 workers

March 18 (UPI) -- Retailer JCPenney announced it is closing 138 stores nationwide this summer because of slow sales.

The company said the locations represent 14 percent of store locations but account for five percent of company sales. A supply chain facility in Lakeland, Fla. will be closed and another in Buena Park, Calif., will be relocated. About 5,000 people will be laid off as a result. The stores will begin liquidating merchandise in April and most stores are expected to be closed by June, officials said.

"JCPenney is in the process of identifying relocation opportunities within the company for esteemed leaders," the company said in a written statement. "Additionally, JCPenney will provide outplacement support services for those eligible associates who will be leaving the company."

The department store chain has been struggling like others amid the growing movement to online shopping. Stores in 41 states will close with the biggest cuts in Texas (nine stores) and Minnesota (eight stores).

The following is a list of store locations that will close:

Alabama
Auburn Mall,
Tannehill Promenade,
Gadsden Mall,
Jasper Mall
Arkansas
Military Plaza,
Chickasaw Plaza
Arizona
Riverview Mall
California
Downtown Bishop,
Sunwest Plaza,
The Village at Orange,
Hilltop Mall
Colorado
Fort Morgan Main St.,
Glenwood Springs Mall,
St. Vrain Centre,
Broadway Plaza
Connecticut
Connecticut Post Mall
Florida
Jacksonville Regional Shopping Center,
Palatka Mall
Georgia
Dublin Mall,
Macon Mall,
Milledgeville Mall,
Gateway Plaza,
Tifton Mall
Iowa
Downtown Decorah,
Crossroads Mall,
Penn Central Mall,
Quincy Place
Idaho
Snake River Plaza
Illinois
Eastland Mall,
Fulton Square,
Village Square Mall,
Macomb,
Peru Mall,
Northland Mall,
Centerpointe of Woodridge
Indiana
FairOaks Mall,
Connersville Plaza,
Huntington Plaza,
Jasper Manor Center,
Logansport Mall
Kansas
Chanute Square,
Downtown Great Bend,
Hutchinson Mall,
Lawrence,
Winfield Plaza
Lousiana
Cortana Mall,
Park Terrace,
North Shore Square
Massachusetts
Berkshire Mall
Maryland
Easton Marketplace
Maine
Rockland Plaza
Michigan
Lakeview Square Mall,
Delta Plaza,
Westshore Mall,
Copper Country Mall,
Birchwood Mall,
Midland Mall,
Cascade Crossings
Minnesota
Central Lakes Crossing,
Five Lakes Centre,
Faribo West Mall,
Irongate Plaza,
Hutchinson Mall,
Red Wing Mall,
Downtown Thief River Falls,
Winona
Missouri
Maryville Center
Mississippi
Leigh Mall,
Southgate Plaza,
Greenville Mall,
Bonita Lakes Mall,
Oxford Mall
Montana
Capital Hill Mall,
Sidney Main Street
North Carolina
Albemarle Crossing,
Boone Mall,
Eastridge Mall,
Blue Ridge Mall,
Monroe Crossing,
Becker Village Mall
North Dakota
Prairie Hills Mall,
Buffalo Mall,
Downtown Wahpeton
Nebraska
Fremont Mall,
Downtown McCook,
Platte River Mall North,
New Jersey
Rio Grande Plaza
Nevada
The Boulevard
New York
Dunkirk-Fredonia Plaza,
Westfield Sunrise,
Palisades Center
Ohio
Findlay Village Mall,
New Towne Mall,
Richmond Town Square,
St. Mary's Square
Oklahoma
Altus Plaza,
Ne-Mar Shopping Center,
Ponca Plaza,
Pioneer Square Shopping Center
Oregon
Astoria Downtown,
Grants Pass Shopping Center,
La Grande Downtown,
Downtown Pendleton,
The Dalles Main Street
Pennsylvania
Columbia Mall,
Clearfield Mall,
King of Prussia Mall,
Philadelphia Mills,
Bradford Towne Centre,
Lycoming Mall,
Willow Grove Park
South Carolina
Citadel Mall,
Town 'N Country
South Dakota
Palace Mall,
Northridge Plaza,
Watertown Mall,
Yankton Mall
Tennessee
Greeneville Commons,
Knoxville Center,
County Market Place,
Texas
Athens Village Shopping Center
Borger Shopping Plaza,
Heartland Mall,
El Paso Downtown,
Marshall Mall,
McAllen Downtown,
University Mall,
King Plaza Shopping Center,
Bosque River Center
Virginia
New River Valley Mall,
Tanglewood Mall
Washington
Pilchuck Landing
Wisconsin
Pine Tree Mall,
Marshfield Mall,
Richland Square Shopping Center,
Rapids Mall Wisconsin
West Virginia
Foxcroft Towne Center
Wyoming
Downtown Sheridan
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