J.C. Penney, Victoria’s Secret and Gap are closing stores. What’s happening here?

JCPenney at Vintage Faire Mall in Modesto, Calif. is pictured on Friday March 1, 2019.
JCPenney at Vintage Faire Mall in Modesto, Calif. is pictured on Friday March 1, 2019.

Shoppers at the region’s J.C. Penney stores can breathe a sigh of relief as the three Valley locations will stay open despite the company’s announcement of more closures this week.

J.C. Penney corporate spokesperson Sarah Holland said the department stores at the Vintage Faire Mall in Modesto, Countryside Plaza in Turlock and The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley in Manteca will all remain open. Earlier this week, the company announced it would shutter 27 sites this year, 18 department stores and nine home furnishing stores.

But the fate of two other local stores from national apparel brands, Victoria’s Secret and Gap, remains in question as their parent companies released their own closure notices this week. The Gap announced it would eliminate 230 stores in the next two years. Victoria’s Secret said it was closing 53 locations in 2019.

Both the Gap and Victoria’s Secret have stores in Vintage Faire Mall, and the latter also has one of its Pink brand locations in the Modesto mall, as well.

Gap at Vintage Faire Mall in Modesto, Calif. is pictured on Friday March 1, 2019. Joan Barnett Lee

Trina Somera, a spokeswoman for Gap Inc., said the company has not finalized its list of specific store closures yet. The Gap has around 800 retail stores remaining in North America.

Corporate representatives from Victoria’s Secret did not reply to inquiries from The Bee by the time of publication.

Brian Malony, a spokesman for the Vintage Faire Mall, said he had not heard about any of the Vintage Faire Mall locations being on closure lists. The parent companies for both brands have not released lists of locations slated for closure yet.

Earlier this year, the Sears store at Vintage Faire Mall shut down. The department store has been in the north Modesto mall since 1977 as one of its original anchors. Of the mall’s four original anchors, J.C. Penney, Gottschalks, Sears and Weinstock’s, now only J.C. Penney remains open.

Marijke Rowland writes about new business, restaurant and retail developments. She has been with The Modesto Bee since 1997 covering a variety of topics including arts and entertainment. Her Business Beat column runs midweek and Sundays. And it’s pronounced Mar-eye-ke.
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