Eastdale Mall Anchor Avoids Closing, Plans Expansion

by Brad Harper

Montgomery, AL – Eastdale Mall Manager David Hagood spent part of his Monday morning tracking down a piece of an Easter display – a five-foot-tall teacup. He was laughing as he told the story, and with good reason. He doesn’t have to worry about losing a much more important piece of the area’s largest indoor mall.

JCPenney announced last month that it planned to close low-performing stores nationwide to cut costs, and retail experts believed that mall stores were in the crosshairs. On Friday, the retailer named the 138 closing stores, about 14 percent of all of the chain’s brick-and-mortar locations. The closings included locations in Auburn, Bessemer, Gadsden and Jasper.

Not only did the Eastdale Mall anchor store survive the cuts, a JCPenney spokeswoman said the Montgomery location is about to become one of the test sites for the company’s new home remodeling services. That’s in addition to the major appliance department that was added last year, and the Sephora store that came on board a few years ago.

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