Joshua Morrison/News The JCPenney store, an anchor in the Knox Village Square shopping plaza, will close its doors in mid-May according to a company spokesperson.

MOUNT VERNON — In May, Knox County shoppers will lose another shopping option in the Knox Village Square.

JCPenney will close its Mount Vernon location “on or about May 12,” Joey Thomas, JCPenney corporate communications and public relations representative told the News this morning.

Thomas added in an emailed statement that store liquidation will begin on March 5 in preparation of the store’s closing.

The decision to close the Mount Vernon location came after a regular review of their stores and profits.

“As part of the company’s ongoing efforts to achieve sustainable growth and long-term profitability, we continually evaluate our store portfolio to ensure our locations offer the best expression of the JCPenney brand and can function as a seamless extension of our omnichannel experience.”

Thomas added that “taking actions that directly impact our valued associates and loyal customers is always difficult,” also saying that the company “will go to great lengths to relocate esteemed leaders and, if possible, assist associates in identifying other job opportunities at nearby JCPenney stores.”

Closings in the shopping plaza have included Kmart and Payless shoe store.

 

Chelsea Olms: 740-397-5333 or chelsea@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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