(Willmar MN-) The JCPenney store in the Kandi Mall in Willmar is being shut down.  J.C. Penney Co. Inc. said late Thursday it will be closing 154 stores in the near future as part of its “store optimization strategy” after filing for bankruptcy protection last month. The Willmar store is on the list.

The closings will begin after a June 11 bankruptcy-related hearing in Texas. In a news release, the retailer said “It makes sense to reduce its footprint and focus resources on its strongest stores and “powerful” e-commerce flagship store, Store-closing sales for the first round of closures are expected to take 10-16 weeks to complete. In addition to Willmar, JC Penney is also closing three other Minnesota locations: Coon Rapids, Riverdale Village, Eden Prairie, Eden Prairie Center And Maple Grove, Grove Square Shopping Center. JCPenney is one of three anchor stores at the Kandi Mall, along with Herbergers, and Kmart. Kmart closed several years ago, and in it’s space is a Kohl’s and a Harbor Freight store is being built next to it. Herberger’s closed 2 years ago and the space is still vacant. The mall is owned by Rock Step Capital of Houston Texas.