J.C. Penney to close 154 stores, including two in Idaho

A J.c. Penney Store Amid Reports Retailer Is Mulling Bankruptcy
An empty parking lot is seen outside a closed JC Penney Co. store in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, U.S., on Thursday, April 16, 2020. J.C. Penney is skipping an interest payment, putting the struggling retailer on the path toward a potential default on its debt. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images

J.C. Penney will be closing 154 stores as part of its bankruptcy proceedings, including one in Lewiston and another in Ponderay.

MarketWatch.com reports that, starting June 11, the retail store will begin closing stores to focus on the stores drawing in the most sales, and their website.

According to MarketWatch’s list, no stores in Washington will be closing, but Idaho will lose two—the one in the Lewiston Shopping Center, and the one in the Bonner Mall in Ponderay.

This first round of closures is expected to take around 10-16 weeks, according to J.C. Penney.