JCPenney to close store in Independence, others in MO, KS

Posted at 12:22 PM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 13:22:45-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — JCPenney, already struggling in a shaky retail climate before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, will close more than 150 stores across the United States, including several in Kansas and Missouri.

In the Kansas City metro, the closures will impact the company’s Bolger Square location in Independence. JCPenney stores also will close in Kirksville, Missouri; and in Emporia, Liberal and Salina in Kansas.

“Following a comprehensive review of our retail footprint, JCPenney made the difficult decision to close 154 stores,” the company said on its website. “We will continue to operate the majority of our stores and our flagship store,, to ensure our valued customers continue to have access to the products and brands they need and want.”

The affected stores will begin closing sales on June 12. It will take 10 to 16 weeks to close the 154 stores.

JCPenney filed for bankruptcy last month, becoming the largest retailer to do so as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an Associated Press report.

See a full list of store closures here.