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Area J.C. Penney stores are spared in latest round of closures

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J. C. Penney has announced it is closing 138 stores, none in the Greater Lehigh Valley. (Contributed)
J. C. Penney has announced it is closing 138 stores, none in the Greater Lehigh Valley. (Contributed)

The Greater Lehigh Valley has dodged the latest round of department store closings.

J.C. Penney announced in February it would be closing 130 to 140 stores. Today it released the locations for 138 closings.

While there are several closings among the 34 stores the chain operates in Pennsylvania, none are in the Greater Lehigh Valley. J.C. Penney has stores in Whitehall Township and Stroud Township that are unaffected by the closures.

The nearest stores on the closure list are in Willow Grove and King of Prussia.

About 5,000 jobs will be lost nationwide with the closures, most of which will occur in June. Most affected stores will begin liquidation on April 17.

J.C. Penney operates more than 1,000 retail stores in 49 states and Puerto Rico.

For a list of closing stores, click HERE.

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Stacy Wescoe

Stacy Wescoe

Writer and online editor Stacy Wescoe has her finger on the pulse of the business community in the Greater Lehigh Valley and keeps you up-to-date with technology and trends, plus what coworkers and competitors are talking about around the water cooler — and on social media. She can be reached at stacyw@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 104. Follow her on Twitter at @morestacy and on Facebook. Circle Stacy Wescoe on .

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