The J.C. Penney store at the Providence Place Mall is among a number of underperforming stores that the company is closing across the country, according to media reports.
The Providence Place mall store is the only Rhode Island J.C. Penney store affected; the store at the Warwick Mall will remain open, as will the store at the Franklin Shopping Plaza in Westerly.
Other reports have said that while no other Rhode Island stores are closing, several on the Massachusetts side of our metro area are.
I find this to be bad news as it is really convenient for me to walk or RIPTA to the mall and purchase affordable items that I need at J.C. Penney, things that are generally more affordable, and about the same quality as at Macy’s. I’d have a much longer bus ride or have to pay for a Zipcar to get to another such retailer in the area.
I really hope that Providence Place can find a similar tenant for the space. People seem to really want a Target, but I’d be happy with a Marshall’s or TJMaxx.