New York -- The ax has fallen — again — at J.C. Penney Co. The retailer laid off approximately 2,200 employees in its stores and district offices on Wednesday, The Dallas Morning News reported.
The majority of the staff cuts occurred in some 100 stores that had significant sales declines last year, spokeswoman Daphne Avilla said in the report, with Penney adjusting the employee count to match each store’s new level of business.
In addition, administrative and back office jobs were also cut across Penney’s 1,100 stores and in 55 district offices, The Dallas Morning News reported. In stores, department management duties are also being consolidated.
The cuts come as criticism of CEO Ron Johnson and his ambitious plan to transform Penney continues to mount. Former Penney chairman and CEO Alle