There is no official word as yet, but there are reports the Orchards Mall is about to lose its last anchor store. KBJR-TV in Duluth, Minnesota is reporting JCPenney officials have confirmed to them that the Benton Harbor store will close in July. The retailer announced last week it would shut down 18 stores this year, but has not said where those are.
WSJM News has tried to reach the Orchards Mall to confirm, but the phone number has been disconnected. The mall lost Carson’s as the other anchor store as part of that chain going out of business last year nationwide, and the Sears location closed several years ago. A Sears Hometown store briefly operated at the mall, but has also exited.