J.C. Penney Company Inc, which filed for bankruptcy protection on May 15, has identified 154 stores it plans to permanently close in the first phase of closings.

In a regulatory filing in May, Penney said it plans to close 242, or 29 percent, of its 846 stores over the next two years.

The company expects additional phases of closing sales related to the 154 stores that will begin in the coming weeks. As the company remains focused on its Plan for Renewal and driving sustainable, profitable growth, it intends to reduce its store footprint and focus resources on its strongest stores and powerful e-commerce flagship store, jcp.com. Store closing sales for the first round of store closures are expected to take 10-16 weeks to complete.

“While closing stores is always an extremely difficult decision, our store optimization strategy is vital to ensuring we emerge from both Chapter 11 and the COVID-19 pandemic as a stronger retailer with the greater financial flexibility to allow us to continue serving our loyal customers for decades to come,” said Jill Soltau, chief executive officer of JCPenney. “I am incredibly grateful to our talented associates for their ongoing dedication and their passion for meeting and exceeding our customers’ expectations during this difficult and uncertain time. All impacted associates will be treated with the utmost consideration and respect.”

Soltau continued, “We will remain one of the nation’s largest apparel and home retailers as we continue to operate a majority of our stores and our flagship store, jcp.com, to ensure our valued customers continue to have access to the products and brands they need and want. As of June 4, 2020, we have reopened nearly 500 stores since government officials have eased COVID-19 restrictions and we look forward to opening more. We are excited to welcome back our customers and associates at these locations, and we will continue to take actions to be best positioned to build on our over 100-year history.”

The list of 154 stores that will begin closing sales follow:

Covington Mall, Andalusia
Regency Square, Florence
Jackson Square, Scottsboro
Spanish Fort Town Center, Spanish Fort

Little Creek Center, Cottonwood
Christown Spectrum, Phoenix
El Con Shopping Center, Tucson

Independence Center, Batesville
Conway Towne Center, Conway
Mellor Park Mall, El Dorado
The Fashion Center, Harrison

Rancho Del Chino Shopping Center, Chino
1228 Main Street, Delano
San Luis Plaza, Los Banos
Woodland Plaza, Paso Robles
Inland Center, San Bernardino
West Valley Mall, Tracy
Countryside Plaza, Turlock
Yreka Junction Mall, Yreka

Durango Mall, Durango
135 Bockman Drive, Fort Collins
Greeley Mall, Greeley
River Landing Shopping Center, Montrose

Torrington Commons, Torrington

Desoto Square Mall, Bradenton
Coralwood Shopping Center, Cape Coral
Gulf Coast Town Center, Fort Myers
Regency Square Mall, Jacksonville
Eagle Ridge Mall, Lake Wales
Santa Rosa Shopping Center, Mary Esther
Orlando Fashion Square, Orlando
Lakeshore Mall, Sebring
Westshore Plaza, Tampa

Georgia Square, Athens
Northlake Mall, Atlanta
Arbor Place Mall, Douglasville
Lakeshore Mall, Gainesville
Mount Berry Mall, Rome
Statesboro Mall, Statesboro
Hatcher Point Mall, Waycross

Lewiston Shopping Center, Lewiston
Bonner Mall, Ponderay

Northfield Square, Bourbonnais
River Oaks Shopping Center, Calumet City
University Mall, Carbondale
Freeport Mall, Freeport
Times Square Mall, Mt. Vernon

Bedford Town Fair, Bedford
Concord Mall, Elkhart
NW Pavilion Michigan Road, Indianapolis
Kokomo Mall, Kokomo
River Point Mall, Madison
Muncie Mall, Muncie
Pilgrim Place Mall, Plymouth
Richmond Square, Richmond
Vincennes Plaza, Vincennes

504 N Adams Street, Carroll
Marshalltown Mall, Marshalltown

Flint Hills Village, Emporia
Liberal Plaza, Liberal
Central Mall, Salina

Green River Plaza, Campbellsville
Danville Manor Shopping Center, Danville
Bradford Square, Hopkinsville
Market Square, Maysville
Middlesboro Mall, Middlesboro
Town Square Mall, Owensboro

Acadiana Mall, Lafayette
Lakeside Shopping Center, Metairie
Regal Court Shopping Center, Shreveport

Boulevard @ Box Hill, Abingdon
Woodmore Towne Center, Lanham
Country Club Mall, La Vale

Alpena Mall, Alpena
Cadillac Shopping Center, Cadillac
408 E Mitchell Street, Petoskey

Riverdale Village, Coon Rapids
Eden Prairie Center, Eden Prairie
Grove Square Shopping Center, Maple Grove
Kandi Mall, Willmar

Sawmill Square Mall, Laurel
Starkville Crossing, Starkville

Bolger Square, Independence
Kirksville Shopping Center, Kirksville

Gallatin Valley Mall, Bozeman

Conestoga Mall, Grand Island

New Hampshire:
West Street Shopping Center, Keene
Mountain Valley Mall, North Conway
Lilac Mall, Rochester
Upper Valley Plaza, West Lebanon

New Mexico:
White Sands Mall, Alamogordo

New York:
Finger Lakes Mall, Auburn
Batavia City Centre, Batavia
Roseland Shopping Center, Canandaigua
Sangertown Square Mall, New Hartford
Oswego Plaza, Oswego
Freedom Mall, Rome
Destiny USA, Syracuse

North Carolina:
Henderson Square, Henderson
Biggs Park Shopping Center,  Lumberton
Twin Rivers Mall, New Bern
North Hills Shopping Center, Raleigh
Richmond Plaza, Rockingham

Chapel Hill Mall, Akron
Tri-County Plaza, Akron
Carnation Mall, Alliance
Ashtabula Mall, Ashtabula
Governors Plaza, Cincinnati
Northtowne Mall, Defiance
Summit Square Shopping Center, East Liverpool
The Shoppes At Parma, Parma
Miami Valley Mall, Piqua

Oakwood Mall, Enid
Tandy Town Shopping Center, McAlester
Town Center Plaza, Midwest City
Arrowhead Mall, Muskogee
Shawnee Mall, Shawnee
Tulsa Promenade, Tulsa

Cascade Village, Bend
McMinnville Plaza,  McMinnville
Garden Valley Mall, Roseburg
Salem Center, Salem

Clearview Mall, Butler
North Hanover Mall, Hanover
Beaver Valley Mall, Monaca
Monroeville Mall, Monroeville
Galleria @ Pittsburgh Mills, Tarentum

South Carolina:
Anderson Mall,  Anderson
Cross Creek Mall, Beaufort
Magnolia Mall, Florence
Myrtle Beach Mall, Myrtle Beach
Prince of Orange Mall, Orangeburg
Rock Hill Galleria, Rock Hill

South Dakota:
University Mall, Brookings

Bradley Square, Cleveland
Columbia Mall, Columbia
Dyersburg Mall, Dyersburg
Kingsport Town Center, Kingsport
Foothills Mall, Maryville
Three Star Mall, McMinnville

Timber Creek Crossing, Dallas
Crossroads Mall, Greenville
West Hills Mall, Huntsville
Music City Mall, Lewisville
Lufkin Shopping Center, Lufkin
Palestine Mall, Palestine
Mirabeau Square, Paris

Layton Hills Mall, Layton
Cache Valley Mall, Logan

Bennington Square, Bennington
Berlin Mall, Berlin

Danville Mall, Danville
Colonial Mall, Staunton

Crossroads Shopping Center, Menomonee Falls

Photo courtesy J.C. Penney