J.C. Penney to close Rockland store

By Stephen Betts | Mar 17, 2017
Photo by: Stephen Betts

Rockland — J. C. Penney will be closing its Rockland store, the company announced Friday, March 17.

The Rockland store is the only one in Maine on the closure list. Nationwide, 138 stores and a supply chain facility in California will be closed "as part of a continuing effort to advance sustainable growth and long term profitability."

About 5,000 positions will be cut from the nationwide store closures which will be completed by June, according to the company in a news release issued Friday.

Most stores will begin the liquidation process April 17, according to the release.

The Rockland store employs about 25 people and has been located at the Rockland Plaza Shopping Center on Maverick Street for 40 years.

J.C. Penney will provide outplacement support services to those eligible associates, according to the company.

Marvin R. Ellison, chairman and chief executive officer of J.C. Penney, said in a news release last month that “We believe closing stores will also allow us to adjust our business to effectively compete against the growing threat of online retailers.

Comments (7)
Posted by: Jeff Grinnell | Mar 18, 2017 09:58

It is sad for the employees of the store. Hate to see anyone lose a job BUT people take a look at the store...it has not changed since the 80s!!! You have to adapt or die. The only thing they ever did to it was CLOSE OVER the large windows on the parking side!!! IT has looked boarded up for 20 years!! And just a quick plug here...were not these the same BIG BOX stores that everyone lamented about killing the small mom and pops downtown???  Now those downtown is thriving and the big boxes are losing because they cannot compete to the "net shopping" and people are saying how bad it is...seems to me a HUGE space just opened up to sub divide in numerous mom and pops again....just saying

Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Mar 17, 2017 23:15

Sad so many people just don't seem to understand the importance of buying local  every time you purchase online or drive to Portland,or use the self checkout it just continues to erode the local economy.  The closure of this store and the recent departure of Walmart creates a big whole and dismisses our tax base

Posted by: Maggie Trout | Mar 17, 2017 13:38

Here is the number I called - they are taking responses 972-431-8200  I also mentioned that, if anything, I thought there would be some improvements to the store - the lighting, for example, but to please reconsider closing the store.

Posted by: Maggie Trout | Mar 17, 2017 13:25

I called the company urging the store remain open.

Posted by: Dagney C. Ernest | Mar 17, 2017 13:02

and women's petites too, Ed! too bad

Posted by: Donald Mills | Mar 17, 2017 12:24

Although I can see their point, being in business myself, it is still a bit of a shock and a disappointment to receive this news. J C Penney has been a favourite  location for me for the past 28 years or so years since having a time share at Samoset. Every year a visit, every year a purchase of a couple of hundred bucks or so. A large part of one afternoon was always "J C Penney" day. I'm not quite sure now where I should look for the clothing that was always on the list, The button down collar shirts were always on the list, and I've not found anything here in New Brunswick that equaled them - certainly at the price and variety.

Sad to see, but things are happening around North America which are making changes in almost every field of endeavor.

Don Mills,

Saint John, NB Canada

Posted by: Ed Glaser | Mar 17, 2017 12:17

That's a shame, it's one of the very few places in town that has high quality new men's clothing. I'll miss it.


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