The Columbus Dispatch reports that JCPenney will close its store at Eastland Mall on or about May 15, a company spokesman said today.
The store closing is part of the retailer’s continuing evaluation of store performance, said spokesman Joseph D. Thomas in an email.
“Reviews such as these are essential in meeting our long-term goals for future company growth,” Thomas said. “While it’s never an easy decision to close stores, especially due to the impact on our valued associates and customers, we feel this is a necessary business decision.”
The store at Eastland Mall has about 80 employees, he said. JCPenney will provide layoff benefits to those employees who do not remain with the company, and will help others transfer to nearby JCPenney stores.
The retailer also plans to close stores in Springfield and Greenville on or about April 4, Thomas said.
After the closures, JCPenney will operate 43 stores in Ohio.
On Tuesday, the retailer offered a preliminary update on fourth-quarter sales, reporting comparable store sales grew by 3.7 percent over the same period last year, an indication that the company likely had strong holiday sales.