JC Penney begins permanent store closure, including Concord location

Embattled retailer JC Penney is permanently closing more stores across the country, including a location in the Bay Area.

Sun Valley Mall Penney’s in Concord will begin clearance sales on July 3 as it prepares to close, the company announced this week.

In early June, JC Penney said he would begin the process of closing 154 of his stores in what he called the first phase of his efforts to reduce his footprint. The Plano, Texas-based retailer said it could take most of the summer to complete the closings.

JC Penney filed for bankruptcy protection in May, making it the largest retailer since the coronavirus pandemic forced non-essential stores to close temporarily. J.Crew and Neiman Marcus sought bankruptcy protection days before JC Penney. All three were in debt and had trouble connecting with shoppers, who increasingly skip the mall and shop online.

As part of his bankruptcy reorganization, Penney said he planned to permanently close nearly a third of its 846 stores in the next two years. That would leave him with just over 600 locations.

Previously announced JC Penney closings in California include:

1228 Main St
Delano, CA 93215

Plaza San Luis
951 W Pacheco Blvd
Los Banos, CA 93635

Woodland Plaza
120 Niblick Rd
Paso Robles, CA 93446

Inner center
300 Inland Center Dr
San Bernardino, CA 92408

West Valley Mall
3100 Naglee Rd
Tracy, CA 95304

Yreka Junction Shopping Center
1810 Fort Jones Rd
Yreka, CA 96097

Associated Press contributed to this report.