Who coulda predicted this development? I hate to tell the new CEO, who was the old CEO, before he was replaced by another CEO, that 33 stores ain’t gonna cut it. He should have added a zero to the 33. That would be their only hope. This piece of shit is going down in flames.
The Wall Street shysters will be telling you to buy the stock tomorrow on this wonderful news, just like they told you to buy it at $40 a few years ago.
Next up. Sears will be announcing they are closing 50 to 100 stores as they reposition themselves for long term growth. And the beat goes on.
Ghost Malls get spookier by the day.
The Blistering Recovery Continues: Week After Macy’s, JC Penney Fires 2000, Closes 33 Stores
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 01/15/2014 16:14 -05000
A week ago, Macy’s fired 2500 and announced the closure of five stores. Moments ago, the company which we have been warnings since late 2012 is a meltin ice cube that ends with bankruptcy, JCPenney, which a week ago provided the following glib summary “JCPenney reported today that the Company is pleased with its performance for the holiday period“, turns out was merely joking and just echoed the Macy’s sentiment, announcing the termination of some 2,000 jobs and the closure of 33 stores.
JCPenney today announced that as part of its turnaround efforts, the Company will be closing 33 underperforming stores across the country in order to focus its resources on the Company`s highest potential growth opportunities.
These actions are expected to result in an annual cost savings of approximately $65 million, beginning in 2014. In connection with this initiative, the Company expects to incur estimated pre-tax charges of approximately $26 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 and approximately $17 million in future periods.
Remaining inventory in the affected stores will be sold over the next several months, with final closings expected to be complete by early May. The closings will result in the elimination of approximately 2,000 positions. Eligible associates who do not remain with the Company will receive separation benefits packages. Meanwhile, the Company is continuing its plans to open a new store location later this year at the Gateway II development in Brooklyn, N.Y.
“As we continue to progress toward long-term profitable growth, it is necessary to reexamine the financial performance of our store portfolio and adjust our national footprint accordingly,” said Myron E. (Mike) Ullman, III, chief executive officer of JCPenney. “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.”
What can one say but: this is just the kind of recovery that justifies an S&P500 at all time highs.
Investors initially cheered… but now not so much…