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J.C. Penney files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, becoming latest retail casualty of pandemic

The Herald-Palladium reports that the retailer was at the mall for 40 years after about 55 years in downtown Benton Harbor.
The Herald-Palladium reports that the retailer was at the mall for 40 years after about 55 years in downtown Benton Harbor.

NEW YORK – The coronavirus pandemic has pushed troubled department store chain J.C. Penney into Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

It is the fourth major retailer to meet that fate. Penney said late Friday it will be closing some stores and will be disclosing details and timing in the next few weeks. It currently operates 850 stores and employs nearly 90,000 workers.

It said that it received $900 million in financing to help it operate during the restructuring. Penney joins luxury department store chain Neiman Marcus and J.Crew in filing for bankruptcy reorganization.

Others are expected to follow. Still many experts are pessimistic about Penney’s long-term survival.