West Virginia escapes list of 154 JCPenney closures

West Virginia has escaped a national round of JCPenney closures.

A blog for the company describes the closure of 154 stores across the country, but no West Virginia stores are listed.

JCPenney has stores in West Virginia at locations such as Morgantown, Charleston, Barboursville, Mt. Hope, Vienna, Triadelphia, Bridgeport and Bluefield.

The JCPenney chain filed for bankruptcy protection during the coronavirus pandemic. The list of stores to be closed was disclosed in a bankruptcy filing this week.

The closures include nine in California, nine in Ohio, eight in Indiana, eight in Florida, seven in Georgia, seven in New York, seven in Texas, six in Kentucky, six in Oklahoma, six in South Carolina and six in Tennessee.

“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,” J.C. Penney CEO Jill Soltau said in a statement.





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