J.C. Penney to close more stores, but none in Kansas

Customers arrive at a J.C. Penney store in New York. (2013)
Customers arrive at a J.C. Penney store in New York. (2013) File photo

A day after it posted holiday sales that surpassed analysts’ expectations, J.C. Penney said it would close 38 stores.

None of the stores targeted for closure are in Kansas.

According to information from J.C. Penney, the stores that will close tend to be in the eastern half of the United States, including five in Pennsylvania.

On Tuesday, the company reported its holiday sales grew 3.7 percent over the same period of 2013, which pleased investors.

A spokesman for Penney said in an e-mail that the company continually evaluates “our store portfolio to determine whether there's a need to close or relocate underperforming stores.”

Last January, J.C. Penney announced it would close 33 stores.

The spokesman said affected workers who are unable to remain with the company would be offered separation benefits and on-site training and job services.