Retailer J.C. Penney Company Inc. said today that it would close 138 stores nationwide, including at two malls in West Michigan. The closures are expected to affect 5,000 employees. Seven stores in MI are on the list, including the store at Westshore Mall in Holland and Lakeview Square Mall in Battle Creek.
Sears Holdings, which includes the Sears and Kmart brands, announced plans to close 150 stores earlier this year, and Macy's is closing 68 stores and cutting 10,000 jobs.
Most of the listed stores will begin the liquidation process as soon as April 17.
Under the state Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, a company with more than 50 full-time employees must file a 90-day notice of a planned mass layoff or closing.
Of the seven Pennsylvania stores on the list of closures released Friday, the closest one to Lancaster is the J.C. Penney at the King of Prussia Mall.
Other area J.C. Penney locations that will remain open are in the Westmoreland Mall, the Century III Mall, the Monroeville Mall, the Robinson Town Center, and the Beaver Valley Mall.
According to a news release in late February, the company is reducing its brick-and-mortar store sales to compete with "the growing threat of online retailers".
Penney's stores will also close in Mitchell, Yankton and Pierre.
California's Buena Park supply chain facility, or distribution center, will be relocated during the company's overhaul.
Also on the list of J.C. Penny store closures are five in MS, including Columbus, Corinth, Greenville, Meridian and Oxford.
The store closures represent approximately 13-14 percent of the Company's current store portfolio, less than 5 percent of total annual sales.
Almost all impacted stores are expected to close in the second quarter of 2017.