WYSOX TOWNSHIP, BRADFORD COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Monday was the final day in business for three JCPenney stores in northeastern and central Pennsylvania.
One of the stores to close is located at the Bradford Towne Center near Towanda.
“It’s a little said, a little sad to see it go because all these stores are leaving. It’s really sad,” Darcey Bidlock of Towanda said.
While many shoppers came to snag one final bargain, people worry about the employees who are now left without a job.
“I feel bad for the ladies, honestly,” Jackie Harper of Granville Summit said. “One lady said she was trying not to cry and I feel bad because it’s their jobs and stuff.”
Back in March, JCPenney announced it was closing more than 130 stores across the country to save money.
Many people feel it’s because of the increase in online shopping.
Heather Bahr admits she does it.
“I know that doesn’t help a lot of the stores but trying to get places is hard sometimes!” Bahr said.
This is the second economic hit for this shopping center in Bradford County in recent months.
A Payless Shoe Store in the same plaza has also closed.
“It’s very sad because we don’t have any stores like JCPenney. Towanda, we need grocery stores and we need department stores!” Mary Rose Shaylor of Towanda said.
Many shoppers now say they will have to drive further when they need something instead of having their store close to home.
“We would probably have to go to Binghamton or Elmira and that’s like 40-45 minutes away from us,” Bidlock said.
Besides the JCPenney store in Bradford County, Monday was also the final day for stores in the Columbia Mall and the Lycoming Mall.