Department store options continue to shrink in Bloomington-Normal.
J.C. Penney is closing its store at Eastland Mall in Bloomington.
The chain is cutting 5,000 jobs nationwide and 138 stores. Stores in Macomb and Peru, Illinois, are also on the list.
Other recent store closures announced in the Twin Cities include Gordman's in the Shoppes at College Hills in Normal, and Macy's, Radio Shack, MC Sports, The Limited, and two Gap stores all at Eastland Mall.
Retailers, particularly department stores, continue to have trouble with a customer shift to online shopping.