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JC Penney takes WestShore Plaza store off closing list

The Tampa JC Penney is safe for now as the struggling chain moves through bankruptcy court and plans more closings.
An exterior look at the JCPenny at the WestShore Plaza on Monday, March 23, 2020 in Tampa.
An exterior look at the JCPenny at the WestShore Plaza on Monday, March 23, 2020 in Tampa. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Jun. 24, 2020|Updated Jun. 24, 2020

TAMPA — After announcing it was one of the stores slated to close, JC Penney has decided its WestShore Plaza location will remain open.

“It is not scheduled to close at this time,” JC Penney said in an email, “though we can’t speak to future decisions.”

The WestShore Plaza location was listed earlier this month among 153 others that the struggling retailer planned to close as it restructures and moves through bankruptcy court. JC Penney said it determined which stores would shutter in its first round of closings based on sales performance and “future strategic fit.”

A statement on JC Penney’s website says “a handful of previously announced store closing locations remain on hold pending further review.”

Related: JC Penney plans to close WestShore Plaza store in Tampa

The retailer has said it will close up to 242 locations total, which means WestShore or other Tampa Bay locations may not be safe for long.

There is another Tampa JC Penney at the Westfield Citrus Park. The Westfield malls in Clearwater and Brandon also have JC Penney stores, as does the Tyrone Square Mall in St. Petersburg.

Closing sales began at some stores on June 17.

The following stores are still on the list to close in Florida:

Desoto Square Mall in Bradenton

Coralwood Shopping Center in Cape Coral

Regency Square Mall in Jacksonville

Eagle Ridge Mall in Lake Wales

Santa Rosa Shopping Center in Mary Esther

Orlando Fashion Square in Orlando,

Lakeshore Mall in Sebring

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