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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The bad news continues at J.C. Penney.

The ailing retailer announced Wednesday that it was cutting 2,000 jobs and closing 33 “underperforming” stores in an effort to rein in expenses.

Two Virginia stores will close, in Bristol and in Norfolk. The store closings are likely to be complete by early May. J.C. Penney said it expected the moves to generate $65 million in annual cost savings.

“While it’s always difficult to make a business decision that impacts our valued customers and associates, this important step addresses a strategic priority to improve the profitability of our stores and position JCPenney for future success,” J.C. Penney CEO Mike Ullman said in a statement.

Investors weren’t impressed — J.C. Penney shares slid 1.1% in after-hours trading Wednesday following the announcement.

It’s been a brutal year for J.C. Penney, its stock falling over 60% in the past 12 months. The company has been losing hundreds of millions of dollars per quarter, and is in the midst of another turnaround effort after ousting former Apple executive Ron Johnson last year.

J.C. Penney’s announcement comes after rival Macy’s announced last week that it was laying off 2,500 workers and closing five stores.

The stores closing are all listed below.

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3 comments

  • shirley terry

    I am not surprised. JCPenney has changed over the last two years. No sales of any worth. No sales help. Inferior products at same high prices. Been waiting on a catalog order for over a month. This did not happen before. Just not the same JCPenney I grew up with. Used to be my favorite store & probable spent several thousand a year. Now, I may only spend a couple of hundred if that much.

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