McCook, North Platte, Fremont JCPenney stores on closing list

Friday, March 17, 2017
The McCook JCPenney store is among 138 which will close, the retailer announced today.
Bruce Crosby/McCook Gazette

McCOOK, Neb. — The McCook, North Platte and Fremont JCPenney locations will be among 138 stores nationwide closing in the coming weeks. The retailer announced the move in February and made public the store listing of affected stores today.

Approximately 5,000 positions nationwide will be impacted by the store closures, most of which will occur in June, according to the press release.

“JCPenney is in the process of identifying relocation opportunities within the company for esteemed leaders. Additionally, JCPenney will provide outplacement support services for those eligible associates who will be leaving the company,” stated the release.

The retailer anticipates most affected stores to begin the liquidation process on April 17.

The downtown McCook, Platte River Mall in North Platte and Fremont Mall in Fremont locations are the only three Nebraska stores on the closure list. The full list is available online at:

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  • Online shopping, shopping away from the McCook area were huge contributors to the store closing. Just a sad reminder to shop at home regardless if home is McCook, Indianola, Culbertson....keep your cash at home, keep the stores open. The local stores are the ones that give our friends, neighbors, relation jobs and are the ones donating to our churches, schools, community events.

    -- Posted by dennis on Fri, Mar 17, 2017, at 5:53 PM
  • I try my very best to always buy local when possible. However I often find the things I want just aren't available here. Many times local will not accommodate me, so I look elsewhere, online. Much of the pain experienced by these store closings are self inflicted, not keeping the consumer satisfied. The old business model of 1995 no longer applies in 2017.

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Mon, Mar 20, 2017, at 1:48 PM
  • As a realist and a retailer of sorts, it's impossible to please everyone, BUT it is important to realize that when we lose a business, we lose not only jobs, and community/ area income, but also personal service. Online shopping has advantages, larger if not endless selection, but also customer service. Looking someone in the eye to tell them you're not happy versus a phone conversation makes the difference between returning an inadequate pair of pants and throwing them in the closet for five years just to put them in the trash later on when you realize it was a bad life choice.

    -- Posted by Nick Mercy on Thu, Mar 23, 2017, at 7:15 PM
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