670 J.C. Penney employees will lose their jobs after the closure and sale of a distribution center in the Milwaukee area.
The closure will happen at the Wauwatosa distribution location on North 119th and West Burleigh Streets.
This statement came from J.C. Penney to WTMJ sister station TODAY'S TMJ4:
As part of an effort to align our supply chain network and customer care operations with the future needs of the Company, JCPenney will be closing its Milwaukee distribution and customer care center beginning this summer. The Company’s supply chain network is oversized relative to its national store footprint, and can be optimized by transferring operations to facilities in Lenexa, Kan., and Columbus, Ohio. We also plan to transfer customer care activities in Milwaukee to our Lenexa center. The distribution center portion of the Milwaukee facility will cease operations on July 1, 2018, and the customer care center will close on Sept. 1, 2018. It’s never easy taking actions that directly impact our valued associates, however, we feel this is a necessary business decision. Approximately 670 associates are impacted by the closure of our Milwaukee facility. Eligible associates will receive separation benefits, including outplacement support and an on-site career training class. The class will assist associates in writing resumes, filling out applications, answering interview questions and more.
J.C. Penney reportedly plans to sell the building to a Milwaukee-area real estate group.