J.C. Penney Co. Inc. will close its Milwaukee distribution and customer care center, affecting about 670 jobs, according to media reports.
The Dallas-based department store chain has been closing stores, leading to the decision to shutter the center. The center is expected to close in July. Other Penney’s facilities in Kansas and Ohio would handle stores and orders that have been serviced by the one in Milwaukee. The customer care center at the Milwaukee facility is expected to close next September.
Last year was a big one for store closings by Penney’s and other retailers including Macy’s, Abercrombie & Fitch and Bon-Ton, which earlier this month declared bankruptcy, but Penney’s and Macy’s have recently shown pickup in their businesses.
In 2017, Penney’s disclosed 130 store closings. Among the more prominent is the 60-year-old store in Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, N.J. That store is scheduled to close in March.
In addition, Penney’s is seeking to get out of its lease in the Manhattan Mall on Sixth Avenue and 32nd Street. While revenues are high at the store, they are believed to be not enough to warrant the costs of operating at that location.