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J.C. Penney cutting 2,000 jobs, closing 33 stores including Norfolk location

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Posted at 8:53 PM, Jan 15, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-15 21:20:50-05

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 including the Norfolk location inside Military Circle Mall.

Click here to see the full list of stores closing.

The store closings — listed here — 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.