J.C. Penney will close 138 stores nationwide, including the store in Lodi’s Sunwest Plaza.
The move is designed to ensure long-term profitability.
“We believe closing stores will also allow us to adjust our business to effectively compete against the growing threat of online retailers,” said Marvin R. Ellison, chairman and chief executive officer of J.C. Penney.
About 5,000 employees nationwide are affected by the store closings. Some workers will find positions at stores that remain open, while other employees will receive outplacement support services.
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The other closings in California are in Bishop, Orange and at the Hilltop Mall in Richmond.