Kingman’s JC Penney survives corporate downsizing

Retail giant JC Penney announced that it will close 138 stores in the next few months. The Kingman store in the Square shopping center was not on the list and will remain open. The JC Penney in the Riverview Mall in Bullhead City is the only location closing in Arizona.

Photo by Hubble Ray Smith.

Retail giant JC Penney announced that it will close 138 stores in the next few months. The Kingman store in the Square shopping center was not on the list and will remain open. The JC Penney in the Riverview Mall in Bullhead City is the only location closing in Arizona.

KINGMAN – Shirley Birdell shops the JC Penney store in the Kingman Square shopping center about once a month and was glad to know the store has been spared from the corporate chopping block.

“I just like their clothes,” Birdell said Thursday outside the store that’s undergoing a façade renovation. “It’s good for me.”

JC Penney, a national retail giant since 1902, announced that it will close 138 stores in the next few months.

The department store chain revealed a list of closings that includes the JC Penney in the Riverview Mall in Bullhead City. It’s the only closing in Arizona.

“Now that one I couldn’t see them closing,” said Birdell, who occasionally shops in Bullhead City. “That one over there seemed like it did more business than this one. There’s never very many people here.”

Liquidation sales will start at the closing stores on April 17, and most stores will be emptied and shut by mid-June.

An employee at the Kingman store said customers have been coming in and asking if the store is closing, and when the sales will start.

The corporate downsizing is part of an ongoing business strategy to improve profitability in the era of online shopping, the company said.

The closures, announced March 17, represent about 14 percent of the company’s current store count, but account for just 5 percent of sales. Some 5,000 employees will be out of a job.

JC Penney is among a number of department stores such as Macy’s, Kmart and Sears that have been shrinking their brick-and-mortar footprint amid challenges in the industry.

Cathy, a former JC Penney employee who did not want to give her last name, said she’d heard about the national closings and was excited to know Kingman’s store would remain open.

“I’d like to keep it here in Kingman. It basically provides a little bit of variety of clothing for us,” she said.

List of the 138 JC Penney stores that are closing


Auburn Mall in Auburn

Tannehill Promenade in Bessemer

Gadsden Mall in Gadsden

Jasper Mall in Jasper


Military Plaza in Benton

Chickasaw Plaza in Blytheville


Riverview Mall in Bullhead City


Downtown Bishop in Bishop

Sunwest Plaza in Lodi

The Village at Orange in Orange

Hilltop Mall in Richmond


Fort Morgan Main Street in Fort Morgan

Glenwood Springs Mall in Glenwood Springs

St. Vrain Centre in Longmont

Broadway Plaza in Sterling


Connecticut Post Mall in Milford


Jacksonville Regional Shopping Center in Jacksonville

Palatka Mall in Palatka


Dublin Mall in Dublin

Macon Mall in Macon

Milledgeville Mall in Milledgeville

Gateway Plaza in Thomasville

Tifton Mall in Tifton


Downtown Decorah in Decorah

Crossroads Mall in Fort Dodge

Penn Central Mall in Oskaloosa

Quincy Place in Ottumwa


Snake River Plaza in Burley


Eastland Mall in Bloomington

Fulton Square in Canton

Village Square Mall in Effingham

Freestanding in Macomb

Peru Mall in Peru

Northland Mall in Sterling

Centerpointe of Woodridge in Woodridge


FairOaks Mall in Columbus

Connersville Plaza in Connersville

Huntington Plaza in Huntington

Jasper Manor Center in Jasper

Logansport Mall in Logansport


Chanute Square in Chanute

Downtown Great Bend in Great Bend

Hutchinson Mall in Hutchinson

Freestanding in Lawrence

Winfield Plaza in Winfield


Cortana Mall in Baton Rouge

Park Terrace in DeRidder

North Shore Square in Slidell


Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough


Easton Marketplace in Easton


Rockland Plaza in Rockland


Lakeview Square Mall in Battle Creek

Delta Plaza in Escanaba

Westshore Mall in Holland

Copper Country Mall in Houghton

Birchwood Mall in Kingsford

Midland Mall in Midland

Cascade Crossings in Sault Ste. Marie


Central Lakes Crossing in Baxter

Five Lakes Centre in Fairmont

Faribo West Mall in Faribault

Irongate Plaza in Hibbing

Hutchinson Mall in Hutchinson

Red Wing Mall in Red Wing

Downtown Thief River Falls in Thief River Falls

Freestanding in Winona


Maryville Center in Maryville


Leigh Mall in Columbus

Southgate Plaza in Corinth

Greenville Mall in Greenville

Bonita Lakes Mall in Meridian

Oxford Mall in Oxford


Capital Hill Mall in Helena

Sidney Main Street in Sidney


Albemarle Crossing in Albemarle

Boone Mall in Boone

Eastridge Mall in Gastonia

Blue Ridge Mall in Hendersonville

Monroe Crossing in Monroe

Becker Village Mall in Roanoke Rapids


Prairie Hills Mall in Dickinson

Buffalo Mall in Jamestown

Downtown Wahpeton in Wahpeton


Fremont Mall in Fremont

Downtown McCook in McCook

Platte River Mall in North Platte


Rio Grande Plaza in Rio Grande


The Boulevard in Las Vegas


Dunkirk-Fredonia Plaza in Dunkirk

Westfield Sunrise in Massapequa

Palisades Center in West Nyack


Findlay Village Mall in Findlay

New Towne Mall in New Philadelphia

Richmond Town Square in Richmond Heights

St. Mary’s Square in St. Marys


Altus Plaza in Altus

Ne-Mar Shopping Center in Claremore

Ponca Plaza in Ponca City

Pioneer Square Shopping Center in Stillwater


Astoria Downtown in Astoria

Grants Pass Shopping Center in Grants Pass

La Grande Downtown in La Grande

Downtown Pendleton in Pendleton

The Dalles Main Street in The Dalles


Columbia Mall in Bloomsburg

Clearfield Mall in Clearfield

King of Prussia Mall in King of Prussia

Philadelphia Mills in Philadelphia

Bradford Towne Centre in Towanda

Lycoming Mall in Pennsdale

Willow Grove Park in Willow Grove


Citadel Mall in Charleston

Town ‘N Country in Easley


Palace Mall in Mitchell

Northridge Plaza in Pierre

Watertown Mall in Watertown

Yankton Mall in Yankton


Greeneville Commons in Greeneville

Knoxville Center in Knoxville

County Market Place in Union City


Athens Village Shopping Center in Athens

Borger Shopping Plaza in Borger

Heartland Mall in Early

El Paso Downtown in El Paso

Marshall Mall in Marshall

McAllen Downtown in McAllen

University Mall in Nacogdoches

King Plaza Shopping Center in Seguin

Bosque River Center in Stephenville


New River Valley Mall in Christiansburg

Tanglewood Mall in Roanoke


Pilchuck Landing in Snohomish


Pine Tree Mall in Marinette

Marshfield Mall in Marshfield

Richland Square Shopping Center in Richland Center

Rapids Mall in Wisconsin Rapids


Foxcroft Towne Center in Martinsburg


Downtown Sheridan in Sheridan