The closest locations slated for closing are in the Columbia Mall in Bloomsburg and Bradford Towne Center in Towanda.

However, the fate of the store in Marshalltown was not officially known until J.C. Penney released a list of the stores it plans to close, in a statement issued Friday. Company officials said liquidations at the stores that are closing would begin around April 17.

JCPenney stores at the Wyoming Valley and Viewmont malls will not be among the 138 closed by the national retailer, according to a list released by the company Friday.

The total store closures represent around 13 percent of the current number of Penney's stores.

"We believe closing stores will also allow us to adjust our business to effectively compete against the growing threat of online retailers", Marvin R. Ellison, chairman and chief executive officers of JC Penny said in a February 24 statement.

Numerous closures are in communities that have a long history with the stores. "Maintaining a large store base gives us a competitive advantage in the evolving retail landscape since our physical stores are a destination for personalized beauty offerings, a broad array of special sizes, affordable private brands and quality home goods and services".

Retailer swoon continues for brick and mortar stores.

The move will impact about 5,000 employees, the company said. "We believe that closing the interior mall is a necessary step in order to revitalize the property and make it a viable part of the community going forward".

She said PREIT's expectation was that the store would remain open.