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03/18/2017 | 04:59 am

March 17--Clothing retailer JCPenney announced Friday that it will close 138 stores across the country, and the one located in the Milledgeville Mall is on the list.

The Milledgeville store manager confirmed the closing late Friday morning, adding that the local store's doors will remain open to the public until June 18.

All other questions were directed to the store's media relations department.

According to a press release sent out by the company, about 5,000 employees will be affected by the decision "as part of a continuing effort to advance sustainable growth and long-term profitability."

The release indicated that the company is in the process of finding relocation opportunities for management at all of the affected stores, and that eligible associates would receive "outplacement support."

The liquidation process for most affected stores will begin April 17, according to the release.

"We understand that closing stores will impact the lives of many hard working associates, which is why we have decided to initiate a voluntary early retirement program for approximately 6,000 eligible associates," said Marvin R. Ellison, chairman and chief executive officer of JCPenney via press release last month.

Attempts to get comments from Milledgeville Mall management were unsuccessful as of presstime Friday.

Milledgeville Mall is owned and operated by Augusta-based Hull Property Group, which also owns Macon and Dublin malls.

The stores located in Dublin and Macon are also included on the closure list released on Friday. Other Georgia locations that will close include the Gateway Plaza location in Thomasville and the store in Tifton.

J.C.Penney is far from the only department store icon to announce closures as more people opt for fast fashion retailers or cyber shopping over mall walking. Milledgeville witnessed the closure of its Kmart store last year. In other parts of the country, Sears and Macy's have also announced major store closings within the last 18 months.

News of the JCPenney closings circulated slowly Friday afternoon. Many local customers milling around the Milledgeville store had not yet heard about the impending closure. Other expressed their disappointment upon hearing the news.

"I just heard the news today," said one customer. "I've been shopping here for a long time so ... I'm still pretty upset."

-Staff writer Will Woolever and CNHI's Alexandra Nicolas contributed to this report.

Clothing retailer JCPenney announced Friday that it will close 138 stores across the country, and the one located in the Milledgeville Mall is on the list.

The Milledgeville store manager confirmed the closing late Friday morning, adding that the local store's doors will remain open to the public until June 18.

All other questions were directed to the store's media relations department.

According to a press release sent out by the company, about 5,000 employees will be affected by the decision "as part of a continuing effort to advance sustainable growth and long-term profitability."

The release indicated that the company is in the process of finding relocation opportunities for management at all of the affected stores, and that eligible associates would receive "outplacement support."

The liquidation process for most affected stores will begin April 17, according to the release.

"We understand that closing stores will impact the lives of many hard working associates, which is why we have decided to initiate a voluntary early retirement program for approximately 6,000 eligible associates," said Marvin R. Ellison, chairman and chief executive officer of JCPenney via press release last month.

Attempts to get comments from Milledgeville Mall management were unsuccessful as of presstime Friday.

Milledgeville Mall is owned and operated by Augusta-based Hull Property Group, which also owns Macon and Dublin malls.

The stores located in Dublin and Macon are also included on the closure list released on Friday. Other Georgia locations that will close include the Gateway Plaza location in Thomasville and the store in Tifton.

J.C.Penney is far from the only department store icon to announce closures as more people opt for fast fashion retailers or cyber shopping over mall walking. Milledgeville witnessed the closure of its Kmart store last year. In other parts of the country, Sears and Macy's have also announced major store closings within the last 18 months.

News of the JCPenney closings circulated slowly Friday afternoon. Many local customers milling around the Milledgeville store had not yet heard about the impending closure. Other expressed their disappointment upon hearing the news.

"I just heard the news today," said one customer. "I've been shopping here for a long time so ... I'm still pretty upset."

-Staff writer Will Woolever and CNHI's Alexandra Nicolas contributed to this report.

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