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Elkhart J.C. Penney not on closure list

Elkhart JCPenney store not among 33 slated for closure this year.
Posted on Jan. 15, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Jan. 15, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.

J.C. Penney announced Wednesday, Jan. 15, that it will close 33 underperforming stores as part of its turnaround efforts, but its store in Elkhart’s Concord Mall won’t be one of them.

The move is expected to cut 2,000 jobs nationally and save $65 million beginning this year, the Plano, Texas-based department store chain said in a statment. The closure list includes stores in the Five Points Mall in Marion and Marketplace Shopping Center in Warsaw.

Bob Thatcher, general manager of the Concord Mall, said he would have been surprised if that store was slated for closure because of the thorough renovation the store received over the past two years.

“We’re all thrilled with our fully renovated and really gorgeous J.C. Penney store that continues to operate successfully at the Concord Mall,” Thatcher said. “Traffic has been good.”




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 In this Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, photo, farm workers, from left, Carlos Sanchez, Francisco Zuniga, and Alejandro Zuniga, pick tobacco leaves on Chris Haskins' farm in Chatham, Va. Starting next month, America’s remaining tobacco growers will be totally exposed to the laws of supply and demand. The very last buyout checks go out in October to about 425,000 tobacco farmers and landowners. They’re the last holdovers from a price-support and quota system that had guaranteed minimum prices for most of the 20th century, sustaining a way of life that began 400 years ago in Virginia. (AP Photo/Johnny Clark)

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