J.C. Penney closing up to 140 stores

Sign up for one of our email newsletters.Updated 17 minutes ago NEW YORK — J.C. Penney says it will be closing anywhere from 130 to 140 stores as well as two distribution centers over the next several months as it aims to improve profitability in the era...

J.C. Penney closing up to 140 stores

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NEW YORK — J.C. Penney says it will be closing anywhere from 130 to 140 stores as well as two distribution centers over the next several months as it aims to improve profitability in the era of online shopping.

The closures, announced Friday, represent about 13 percent to 14 percent of the company's current store count, and less than 5 percent of total annual sales.

The news came as Penney posted a profit in the fourth-quarter compared to a loss a year ago.

In Western Pennsylvania, Penney's stores are at Ross Park Mall, The Mall at Robinson, Century III Mall in West Mifflin, Monroeville Mall, the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills in Frazer, Beaver Valley Mall , Clearview Mall in Butler, Westmoreland Mall, Uniontown Mall, Indiana Mall and Shenango Valley Mall in Hermitage.

The company posted quarterly sales of $3.96 billion, down 0.9 percent from $3.99 billion a year ago.

Revenue at stores opened at least a year was down 0.7 percent.

J.C. Penney is joining other department stores like Macy's who are shrinking its footprint amid challenges in the industry.

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