NEW YORK (AP/KDKA) — J.C. Penney says it will start closing 154 of its stores next week in what it is calling the first phase of its efforts to shrink its footprint.

The Plano, Texas-based retailer said it could take about 10 to 16 weeks to complete the closures. A list of the stores closing was published on Penney’s website.

Four locations will be closing in Southwestern Pennsylvania. They include:

  • Clearview Mall, in Butler
  • Beaver Valley Mall, in Monaca
  • Monroeville Mall, in Monroeville
  • Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, in Tarentum

Eight locations will be shuttering in Ohio, the closest to Pittsburgh being in the Summit Square Shopping Center in East Liverpool.

To see the full list of closures, visit this link.

Penney filed for bankruptcy protection last month, making it the biggest retailer to do so since the coronavirus pandemic forced non-essential stores to be shut down temporarily. J.Crew and Neiman Marcus sought bankruptcy protection days before J.C. Penney. All three were laden with debt and had trouble connecting with shoppers, who are increasingly skipping the mall and shopping online.

As part of its bankruptcy reorganization, Penney said it planned to permanently close nearly a third of its 846 stores in the next two years. That would leave it with just over 600 locations.

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