J.C. Penney is cutting 1,000 jobs

J.C. Penney

American retailer, J.C. Penney Co Inc said on Wednesday it would cut about 1,000 jobs and shutter 152 stores.

The cuts are parts of the measures by which the U.S. department store chain looks to emerge from Chapter 11 protection and the COVID-19 crisis.

According to Reuters, the layoffs would impact corporate, field management, and international roles and eligible departing employees would receive a severance package. The company is also in talks with its landlords regarding store closures.

Penney filed for bankruptcy protection in May, with plans to explore a possible sale, joining a spate of brick-and-mortar retailers to crumble under the pressure brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Tuesday, Calvin Klein owner PVH Corp (PVH.N) also announced a reduction in the number of office employees.