AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A department store in Austintown is officially closing its doors.

Austintown trustee Monica Deavers confirmed that JCPenney will be closing its Austintown Plaza location.

She says the store notified its employees last week.

Deavers says the building was sold last year, and the store’s lease is up in September.

A representative from JCPenney issued the following statement.

Our JCPenney store at the Austintown Plaza in Youngstown, Ohio will be closing its doors by Fall of this year. The decision to close a store is never an easy one. We are grateful to our dedicated associates and the loyal customers who have shopped at our Youngstown, OH location and hope they will continue to shop at our other JCPenney stores in the area.

JCPenney Media Relations

Kristen McFarland contributed to this report.