JCPenney Co. announced recently that it would build fewer than five new stores next year, but the Dallas-based department store chain hasn’t scrapped its plans to build a store near Skillman and Northwest Highway, a company spokeswoman said.

The company told Wall Street analysts April 22 that it would focus on improving existing stores and installing Sephora shops within certain stores. Penney is expected to open about 11 new stores this year.

There is still no timeline for a 100,000-square-foot JC Penney store that is part of the planned Timbercreek Crossing shopping center. The center would be built on the 44-acre site of the Timbercreek Apartments.