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Local Business

J.C. Penney backs up date for store closings

Sterling site now scheduled to close July 31, instead of mid-June.

STERLING – J.C. Penney has backed up the timeline for closing 138 stores of its stores, including the Northland Mall site.

The stores were going to close their doors in mid-June, but the last day now is July 31, a company spokesman said Monday.

The retailer, based in Plano, Texas, decided to reschedule liquidation proceedings from April 17 to May 22.

Sales have been better than expected at the targeted locations since the closures were announced March 17, and by keeping the stores open through July, the company can continue to move out spring and summer inventory at the current promotional pricing levels, he said.

Most of the stores on the closure list are in smaller markets. When the announcement was made, the company said all of the locations on the list had consistently reported poor sales numbers.

J.C. Penney has been at Northland Mall since 1969. The mall is owned and operated by Denver-based J. Herzog & Sons.

Because the J.C. Penney store is so large, mall management is considering a plan to subdivide the space for three future tenants.

The Sterling J.C. Penney was one of seven Illinois stores on the closure list. The others were in Peru, Macomb, Woodridge, Bloomington, Canton and Effingham.

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