Sumner JC Penny to close, lay off 100 employees

On Thursday, Nov. 13, the JC Penny company announced plans for layoffs at the Sumner supply chain facility.

On Thursday, Nov. 13, the JC Penny company announced plans for layoffs at the Sumner supply chain facility.

The Sumner location was selected after reviewing the company’s supply chain activities, Joey Thomas, media relations for JC Penny wrote in an email.“As we continue our turnaround, it’s important to analyze and streamline every element of our operations,” Thomas said.

Thomas said the Sumner location is scheduled to close on or around Feb. 6, 2015.

As a result of the facility closing, about 100 positions will also be eliminated.

Thomas said in an email, the employees who do not remain with the company will receive a benefit package and will also receive assistance in finding other jobs at nearby JC Penny stores.

JC Penny will also be offering employees career training classes to help assist in resume writing, filling out applications and answering any questions about interviews.

“It’s never easy taking actions that impact our valued associates but we feel this is a necessary business action,” Thomas said.


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