A customer walks out of J.C. Penney at the Killeen Mall.

J.C. Penney announced the locations of 138 stores it plans to close over the next few months, though the Killeen store is not one of them. The J.C. Penney store in Temple is also not on the list of stores to close.

Among the closings are nine in Texas: Athens, Borger, Early, El Paso, Marshall, McAllen, Nacogdoches, Seguin and Stephenville.

“J.C. Penney will be closing 130 to 140 stores, one supply chain facility, and relocating one supply chain facility,” wrote Sarah Holland, manager of corporate communications and public relations for J.C. Penney, in an email to the Herald.

Although the company is closing a larger number of locations this year than it has in the past, J.C. Penney “continues to recognize the importance of physical stores in an ever-evolving retail landscape,” she said.

“Our stores are a destination for personalized beauty offerings, a broad array of special sizes, affordable private brands and quality home goods and services,” Holland said, emphasizing the importance of the company’s brick-and-mortar presence.

J.C. Penney will assist employees affected by the change.

“Taking actions that directly impact our valued associates and loyal customers is difficult, but we’ll go to great lengths to relocate esteemed leaders while providing outplacement support services for those eligible associates who will be leaving the company,” Holland said. “The company is also implementing a voluntary early retirement program incentive for all eligible associates.”

A net increase in hiring is anticipated across the company as the number of associates expected to take advantage of the retirement incentive will exceed the number of positions affected by the store closures, she said. Leaders would fill positions vacated by retiring employees.

jdowland@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7464

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