JCPenney’s to close Palatka store by June

Home office declines to reveal how many are affected locally

After JCPenney’s announced in February about 140 stores would close as part of the company’s return to profitability, the Palatka store was included in the list of closures released Friday.

According to Sarah Holland, spokeswoman for JC Penney, 138 stores will be closing by June.

“Most affected stores will begin the liquidation process on April 17,” Holland said. “Approximately 5,000 positions nationwide will be impacted by the store closures.”

A store manager, who asked not to be named, said employees were notified of the closure and all calls were directed to the company spokesperson.

“We’re fine. That’s all I can say right now,” the manager said.

JCPenney’s is a longtime fixture in Putnam County and will be the last of the original tenants at the Palatka Mall when it opened in 1981.

Before being lured with much fanfare to its current location at the mall, JCPenney operated in downtown Palatka for decades.

The Palatka location is one of two stores closing in Florida. The second store is located at the Jacksonville Regional Shopping Center. In February, the company announced a distribution center in Lakeland was closing.

Holland said JCPenney is identifying relocation opportunities for some employees and provide outplacement support services of those eligible who will leave the company.

Holland did not respond to requests for how many employees would be affected at the Palatka location.

In December, another major chain store, Kmart announced it was closing its Palatka location. Kmart is expected to shutter by mid-April.

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