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.”
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