J.C. Penney announces closure of 33 stores including Forsyth


Forsyth - About 2,000 employees will be cut nation wide from J.C. Penney, and the decade-long running J.C. Penney in Forsyth will be part of the efforts to halt over spending.


J.C. Penney announced on Wednesday they will close 33 stores nation wide including the store in Hickory Point Mall. The store is set to close in early May. They hope the cut will save the company an estimated $65 million dollars in 2014.


Several people sounded off about the recent announcement, Audrainn Schroeder told WAND why it is one of her favorite stores "I mean, it's convenient.  They have a salon here.  They have a portrait studio.  They have everything.  I mean, you can buy your shoes here.  It's one-stop shop.  This is the best place to be."


The Mayor of Forsyth is also saddened by the news, she's already thinking about the next step for a store that will soon sit empty. "Well, we plan to meet with the mall and to see what concerns they have and see what we can do to accommodate them."


For now, she imagines a store just as big and reliable. "We very much would like to get another anchor store in there, and we're going to work very hard to try to achieve that."


Hickory Point Mall also said goodbye to retailer Old Navy, but welcomed new stores like Justice and will soon have a Ross Dress for Less. Employees of the Forsyth J.C. Penney store were told the news Wednesday morning, those employees are eligible for separation benefits packages.


For a full list of closing click here.

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