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This is just the beginning for retail - J.C. Penney says it plans to close nearly 29% of stores


By: Kelly Tyko - USA TODAY


Days after filing for bankruptcy, J.C. Penney says it plans to close more than a fourth of its stores. 


According to a document filed with the Securities and Exchanges Commission on Monday, approximately 29% of the retailer's 846 stores, or 242 locations, will close between the current fiscal year and next fiscal year. 


For the current fiscal year, which ends in February 2021, 192 stores are expected to close and then 50 in the next fiscal year, the document notes. After the closings, the company will have 604 remaining locations.


“The approximately 604 future fleet represent the highest sales-generating, most profitable, and most productive stores in the network,” J.C. Penney said in the SEC filing.


Last week's bankruptcy filing came after several years of declining sales and strategic missteps as J.C. Penney careened from one reinvention strategy to another.

The bankruptcy sets in motion the process of permanent store closings as the retailer aims to stabilize its finances and avoid outright liquidation – a fate that chains such as Toys R Us, Payless Shoe Source and others haven't been able to avoid. 


A list of which locations will close as part of J.C. Penney's restructuring has not yet been released. 

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