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Downtown dealt another blow with announcement of closing of JC Penney mall anchor

This news story was published on January 8, 2015.
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JC Penney, January 8, 2015

JC Penney on January 8, 2015

MASON CITY – Downtown Mason City was dealt another blow Thursday when it was announced that a Southbridge Mall anchor, JC Penney, is closing.

A JC Penney spokesman told NIT today that the store located in Southbridge Mall since 1985 is, indeed, closing.

“We continually evaluate our store portfolio to determine whether there’s a need to close or relocate underperforming stores,” JCPenney Media Relations’ Carter English told NIT. “Reviews such as these are essential in meeting our long-term goals for future company growth. While it’s never an easy decision to close stores, especially due to the impact on our valued associates and customers, we feel this is a necessary business decision.

American Eagle

American Eagle

“We will be closing approximately 40 stores Company-wide over the next year, which represents less than four percent of our total store base,” Mr. English continued. “Most locations will close on or about April 4, 2015. After the announced closures take place, JCPenney will have approximately 1,020 locations across 49 states and Puerto Rico.

Approximately 2,250 associates nationwide are impacted by the closures. Eligible associates who do not remain with the company will receive separation benefits, and, if possible, we will assist associates in identifying other job opportunities at nearby JCPenney stores. Additionally, we’re offering all associates an on-site career training class. The class will assist associates in writing resumes, filling out applications, answering interview questions and more.”

Earlier this week, it was announced that the American Eagle store in the mall would close.

On December 31, Jitters Coffee Bar served its last cup of coffee in Southbridge. That shop stayed in the downtown area and moved to a nearby building at the corner of 4th Street SW and Washington Avenue.

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5 Responses to Downtown dealt another blow with announcement of closing of JC Penney mall anchor

  1. Buzz Crumcutter Reply Report comment

    January 9, 2015 at 8:01 am

    An empty mall building would make a hell of Chamber of Commerce office. Or a Blue Zone fitness center.

  2. John Reply Report comment

    January 8, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    Maybe this is a better place for the luxurious Hilton Hotel now.

  3. Watchdog Reply Report comment

    January 8, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    The time is fast approaching to put Federal Avenue back down the middle of the Toll-Bridge Mall.

    10 million dollars in HUD funds plus, 7-1/2 million in General Obligation Bonds, and another 6 million dollars in Sewer Bonds to relocate downtown utilities(this they won’t admit to, we have over 23 million dollars building that stupid mall.

    Ya, lets bull doze it in half and put main street back the way it should have been left.

    Mayor Kew and John Ewing ruined downtown Mason City.

    • LVS Reply Report comment

      January 9, 2015 at 8:07 am

      @watchdog-your comments are correct. I was told by two city council members several years ago that we owed 23 million on the mall and we had just gotten it paid off. It was just like North Bridge. A total rip off for the taxpayers. Jolas mad a lot of money on it but it just cost everyone else and killed the downtown. Make Federal a through street again and the downtown will come back.

  4. LVS Reply Report comment

    January 8, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    That should be about the final stake in the mall.