Area Leaders Work to Keep JC Penney Open in Selma

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By George McDonald

From the West Alabama Newsroom--  Leaders from the Selma and Dallas County area are trying to keep the doors open at the JC Penney store in Selma.

The company announced that its store in the Selma Mall is one of 33 under performing stores nationwide that it will be closing. The move is expected to save the company 65 million dollars this year.

Selma Mayor George Evans says area leaders are working to see if there is anything that can be done to keep the store from closing.

"So we want to do what we can to meet JC Penney in terms of what they're obligations are, what their losses are and see if we can be apart of that impact to help them to keep the doors open," said Evans.

Selma resident Tasho Ruffin says he hopes their efforts to keep the store open are successful.

"Hopefully it doesn't close, maybe they could put something in the place of it, but to take JC Penney, that's a huge loss to me," said Ruffin.

The under performing stores are expected to close by early May.

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