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Mall works to fill JC Penney space

Wausau Center Mall in Downtown Wausau. Image taken 6/24/2011.
Wausau Center Mall in Downtown Wausau. Image taken 6/24/2011.

WAUSAU, Wis (WSAU)   The Wausau Center Mall has a new manager, and a new lead on replacing one of its anchor stores.

Shawn Weiss is the mall's new manager. He started his new job on January 20. His top priority is to find a replacement for JC Penney. They're closing 33 underperforming stores around the country, including their Wausau location.

Weiss tells the Wausau Daily Herald that at least one large department store has expressed an interest in the space. He also says they've been in contact with other retailers. He won't say who until negotiations are complete.

The JC Penney store in Wausau will probably close in May. A last-day hasn't been announced yet. Their lease run through August.