JC Penney has put out a press release which details their plan to close 130 to 140 stores nationwide over the next couple of months.

JC Penney currently operates a store inside the Killeen Mall at 2100 S. W.S. Young Drive in Killeen. There is also a Temple Mall location at 3111 S 31st St in Temple.

According to the Killeen Daily Herald, JC Penney has communicated they will not put out an official list of locations they plan to close just yet. Spokesperson Sarah Holland says the chain will announce that list to the public by mid-march.

Current Penney's employees will be offered the chance to relocate or retire early according to the release. Penney's expects a number of employees to take advantage of an early retirement offering resulting in the need for increased hiring in the coming year.