Department store retailer JC Penney is making changes at its Manchester distribution centre in Connecticut, in moves that will see the closure of one operating unit but the expansion of two others.

While the closure of the dot-com unit of the warehouse at the end of September will eliminate 442 jobs, the company has also told just-style that it is adding around 340 positions as part of a reconfiguration of the facility.

"We expect to staff most of those new positions with employees moving over from the closing unit, with no interruption in their employment," a company spokesperson said.

Separately, the retailer has announced a voluntary early retirement programme, with details due to be released at a later date.