J.C. Penney stores in Tifton and Thomasville are among 138 scheduled for closure by the national retail chain.

The longtime mall staple released a list Friday of 138 upcoming store closures, a move that will impact about 5,000 employees across the country.

Company representatives announced the planned closure in February, citing a too-large footprint in a market being squeezed by online and niche retailers.

The closures include eight stores each in Texas and Minnesota and seven stores a piece in Pennsylvania, Illinois and Michigan.

Stores affected in Georgia include those in Gateway Plaza in Thomasville and the Tifton Mall, as well…