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Altus among those that will lose its Penney store

NEW YORK (AP)  For the first time on Friday, J.C. Penney listed the 138 locations it will shutter in the coming months as the retailer seeks to cut costs and improve its profitability.

Stores in Oklahoma that are on the list include Altus Plaza in Altus, Ne-Mar Shopping Center in Claremore, Ponca Plaza in Ponca City and Pioneer Square Shopping Center in Stillwater.

Like other department stores, J.C. Penney Co. is hurting as more people shop online instead of heading to the mall. The closures are part of the company's previously announced plans to focus on its best-performing stores. About 5,000 jobs will be cut due to the closures, J.C. Penney said. The company had about 105,000 full and part-time employees last year. 

Nine stores will close in Texas, the most of any state. Eight will close in Minnesota and seven will be shut in both Michigan and Pennsylvania. 

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