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Customers line up outside the JCPenney store in Oakwood Mall to begin Black Friday shopping in November 2019.

ENID, Okla. — Enid's JCPenney store in Oakwood Mall will be one of 154 stores closed nationwide, the company announced Thursday.

The company said closing sales are expected to begin June 12.

"Store closing sales for the first round of store closures are expected to take 10-16 weeks to complete," the company said in a news released posted on its website. "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 eCommerce flagship store, jcp.com."

The company said it expects additional phases of store closings will begin in the coming weeks.

“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 greater financial flexibility to allow us to continue serving our loyal customers for decades to come,” said Jill Soltau, chief executive officer. “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.”

On May 15, JCPenney announced it had entered into a restructuring support agreement with lenders holding approximately 70% of the company's first lien debt to reduce the company’s outstanding indebtedness and strengthen its financial position. To implement the financial restructuring plan, the company filed voluntary petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

“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," Soltau said. "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 Enid location is one of six JCPenney stores that will close in Oklahoma. Others are in McAlester, Midwest City, Muskogee, Shawnee and Tulsa.

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