J.C. Penney To Cut Jobs, Close Stores

PLANO (January 15, 2014) Plano-based department-store operator J.C. Penney says it will cut 2,000 jobs and close 33 stores as it tries to orchestrate a turnaround.

The news came after J.C. Penney said earlier this month it was pleased with holiday results, although it declined to give sales figures.

A strong November and December is crucial to retailers since it can account for up to 40 percent of annual sales.

The cuts should save more than $65 million annually.

The company will take $26 million in charges in the third quarter and $17 million afterward. Penney has 116,000 staffers.

All of the job cuts are related to the store closings.

No Texas stores are on the list of those targeted for closure.

Penney is trying to recover from a sales spiral that occurred under former CEO Ron Johnson.

The company brought back former CEO Mike Ullman in April.

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