J.C. Penney Corp. will close its Wauwatosa distribution center, cutting 670 jobs there.
The retailer will beginning shutting down the 2 million-square-foot warehouse and customer service operation this summer, a company spokesman said Tuesday by email.
The move comes as Penney reduces its supply chain network, which "is oversized relative to its national store footprint," spokesman Carter English said. Penney is among department store chains that have been closing stores as the sector struggles with increased competition from online and discount retailers.
Penney will shift the Wauwatosa work to facilities in Lenexa, Kan., and Columbus, Ohio.
The company will close the distribution center on July 1 and the customer care center on Sept. 1.
Eligible employees will receive separation benefits, including outplacement support and career training, English said.
The half-mile-long J.C. Penney site was built in 1963. The 2017 assessment places the building's market value at more than $24 million.