Ross Dress for Less, the nation’s largest off-price apparel and home fashion chain with more than 1,100 stores, expanded its presence in the Chicago area with the grand opening Saturday, March 4, of three new stores in the southern suburbs.
New stores opened at 17910 S. Halsted St. in Homewood, at 1101 Fifth Avenue in North Hammond, Ind., and 1470 N. Larkin in Joliet. The retailer opened 20 new stores nationwide on March 4.
The new stores bring the total number of Ross Dress for Less locations to more than 40 in the Chicago area. The California-based chain only arrived in the area a few years ago with the opening of its first Illinois store in Orland Park.
Hours at the new stores are 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday.
Seven Illinois locations are among 138 JCPenney stores closing nationwide, the retailer announced on Friday.
Last month, the Texas-based company announced it was closing a large number of brick-and-mortar stores and several distribution centers across the country to better compete in a changing marketplace where online shopping has become common.
“We are pleased with the double digit growth of jcpenney.com and how leveraging our brick and mortar locations is enabling us to offset the last-mile delivery cost,” the company said in a statement in February.
“We believe closing stores will also allow us to adjust our business to effectively compete against the growing threat of online retailers,” CEO Marvin R. Ellison said.
The Illinois closings include JCPenney stores at the following shopping centers, plus a freestanding location in Macomb:
- Centerpointe of Woodridge, Woodridge
- Eastland Mall, Bloomington
- Fulton Square, Canton
- Village Square Mall, Effingham
- Peru Mall, Peru
- Northland Mall, Sterling
A full timetable for closings has not been released, but JCPenney has said liquidation will begin April 17 and most stores will shut their doors in June.
The closings will affect a reported 5,000 jobs nationwide.
“JCPenney is in the process of identifying relocation opportunities within the Company for esteemed leaders,” the company said Friday in a news release. “Additionally, JCPenney will provide outplacement support services for those eligible associates who will be leaving the Company.”
The closings will not affect stores in Calumet City, Bourbonnais, Orland Park, North Riverside, Joliet, Matteson, Mokena and Ford City Mall.