DC region’s JC Penney stores escape round of closures

WASHINGTON – No stores in the D.C. region were included on a list of almost 140 stores that J.C. Penney plans to close as part of its turnaround plan.

The closest stores to D.C. that will close are in Easton, Maryland; Roanoke, Virginia; and in Christiansburg, Virginia, south of Roanoke, according to the list released by J.C. Penney.

Most of the J.C. Penney stores on the closing list are in smaller communities. View the full list of store closings here.

Most of the stores will close in June. J.C. Penney says liquidation sales will begin on April 17.

The closings will affect about 5,000 J.C. Penney employees. Some will be offered positions at other locations.

J.C. Penney is one of several big box retailers closing underperforming stores this year.

Macy’s has identified 68 of the 100 stores it plans to close. Sears is also closing dozens of Sears and Kmart locations.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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