DELANO, Calif. — JCPenney has announced another list of store closings and the Delano location is on it.
JC Penney has been permanently closing stores as part of a restructuring under bankruptcy protection. On Thursday it released a list of 154 stores it plans to close this summer, with store closing sales kicking off June 12.
Among the stores on the list is the location in Delano on Main Street. Other stores in California slated to close include locations in Chino, Los Banos, Paso Robles, San Bernardino, Tracy, Turlock, and Yreka.
The company has been hemorrhaging locations in recent years as shifts in consumer habits have led customers away from legacy retailers such as JCPenney. Stores closing due to the COVID-19 have hastened the demise for companies like JCPenney.
The loss of 154 locations will reduce the company’s footprint down from 850 stores nationwide. The 154 locations are spread over 38 states.
“While closing stores is always an extremely difficult decision, our store optimization strategy is vital to ensuring we emerge from both Chapter 11 and the COVID-19 pandemic as a stronger retailer with greater financial flexibility to allow us to continue serving our loyal customers for decades to come,” said Jill Soltau, chief executive officer of JCPenney. “I am incredibly grateful to our talented associates for their ongoing dedication and their passion for meeting and exceeding our customers’ expectations during this difficult and uncertain time. All impacted associates will be treated with the utmost consideration and respect.”