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As JC Penney Gets Ready to Close in Salisbury, Shoppers Remember


SALISBURY, Md. - Robert Davis is 69 years old and has lived in Salisbury his whole life.  He remembers when JC Penney had a location in Downtown Salisbury. He reminisces about his mother and grandmother buying his back-to-school clothes there many years ago.

"It brings back a lot because that's where I got a majority of my clothes from," he said. "That's what it brings back."

But now JC Penney announced it is closing the store in the Centre at Salisbury. It is one among 33 locations that are being shut down due to poor sales. About 2,000 people across the country will be losing their job.

Another lifelong Salisbury resident, 88-year-old Dorothy Jean Milligan Outten said JC Penney has been one of her go-to stores for many years.

"I was shocked, and I'm so sorry," Outten exclaimed.  "JC Penney's been around a long time! And we're going to miss them."

Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt remembers the old downtown location as well. He also said the county has plans to help those losing their jobs.

"Well Penneys has been around almost as long as I have and I remember the store downtown and we would go there a lot when I was a child, he said. "It's a loss and we're sorry, we're very concerned about the employees there, we want to see if we can find ways to help them make the transition."

JC Penney said it expects the Salisbury location to be closed for good by May.


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