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January 11, 2002 | By Tom Belden INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An apparel retailer that wants to try a new store concept is the leading candidate to take over most of the J.C. Penney space in the Gallery mall, City Commerce Director James Cuorato said yesterday. Cuorato said city officials have had discussions in recent weeks with two major retailers that were interested in operating in some or all of the 184,000 square feet that Penneys is exiting at the west end of the Gallery. Negotiations are being conducted with only one of the two, he said.
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August 7, 1997 | By Rosland Briggs, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Shoppers walked through as if on a museum tour, checking out the goods from the first floor to the lower level, then back up to the third. In almost every department, the cash registers churned and the sales associates did everything but remain idle. The escalators that shuttled bag-carrying visitors never emptied. There were only a few empty seats in the shoe department and the once-neat piles of clothing in the women's "top shop" had been thoroughly searched for the proper sizes.
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January 29, 2013 | Associated Press
NEW YORK - J.C. Penney is bringing back sales. The struggling department store chain this week will begin adding back some of the hundreds of sales it ditched last year in hopes of luring shoppers who were turned off when the discounts disappeared. Penneys also plans to add price tags or signs for more than half of its merchandise to show customers how much they're saving by shopping at the mid-priced chain - a strategy used by a few other retailers such as home decor chain Crate and Barrel and the company that owns TJ Maxx, HomeGoods and Marshalls.
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June 25, 1987 | By David Lieber, Inquirer Staff Writer
A retailing era has ended on Upper Darby's 69th Street - just in time to make way for the beginning of a new one. The J.C. Penney Co. store closed its doors for the final time June 6 after 53 years on the street. The closing marks the first time in a half-century that there is no large department store along 69th Street. But the closing also paves the way for Morris S. Willner, new owner of the Penney store and 48 other storefronts, to refurbish the properties along 69th Street, between Market and Walnut Streets.
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August 25, 2010 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
The fashion shift at J.C. Penney has been slow, but definitely hasn't gone unnoticed. I started picking up on slight changes two years ago. During my jaunts to the mall, I'd wander into Penneys and undoubtedly I'd walk out with something - a floral dress by Bisou Bisou or a Worthington pencil skirt. I'd randomly mix these pieces into my wardrobe and sure enough someone would comment, "Nice dress. " "Cute top. " Giggling to myself, I'd casually respond, "Girl, I got this from Penneys.
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April 1, 1990 | By Vyola P. Willson, Special to The Inquirer
Merchants in Coatesville are planning to contact J.C. Penney Co. executives to ask them to reconsider their decision to close the retailer's store on East Lincoln Highway, which has been in the city for 66 years. Pat Wolfe, owner of Something Special for Women and vice president of the Coatesville Business and Professional Association, said she was contacting members of the association to ask them to write individual letters. She said she was also planning to seek the advice of a lawyer on what approach the association might take to ask the company to reconsider.
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May 10, 1990 | By Kevin McKinney, Special to The Inquirer
Coatesville officials have failed in their attempt to keep the J.C. Penney Co. store in the city. "It's a shame," said Ted Skiadas of Skiadas Bros. Enterprises, J.C. Penney's landlord at 264 E. Lincoln Highway. "I think our city manager (Ted Reed) and delegation put up a good fight, but unfortunately they wouldn't renew the lease for another six months. " When Penneys officials announced in March that the store would be closing after 66 years, Skiadas, Reed, City Council President Rodger Johnson and Cheryl Wentz, publisher of the Record, met with Penneys northeast regional president Richard C. Sherwood in Pittsburgh in an attempt to keep the store open.
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November 20, 2013 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Columnist
When she called Monday to explain J.C. Penney Co.'s holiday strategy to win back customers, senior marketing vice president Deb Berman ticked off a ton of fixes aimed at recapturing $4 billion in sales that vaporized last year. No longer will Penneys stay shut until Black Friday, as it did in 2012 while frenzied competitors threw their doors open on Turkey Day. Hustling for every penny now, the department store will open at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving. And returning to the sales floor on Black Friday are even more signs of the old Penneys: Cooks kitchen appliances (the discount store brand drastically cut back under the leadership of now-ousted chief executive Ron Johnson)
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October 8, 2012 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Columnist
It was fitting that J.C. Penney Co.'s newest store, a redesigned and blinged out behemoth at Willow Grove Park, officially opened Friday of all days, the one-year anniversary of the death of Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs. With its iPad checkout for Levi's, its apparel brands grouped into mini-stores within the store, and its bright accent lights sparkling onto wide-open, burnished-concrete aisles, the new Penneys reflects a companywide effort to rapidly and radically transform the century-old chain under the leadership of former Apple retail guru Ron Johnson.
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April 8, 1990 | By Kevin McKinney, Special to The Inquirer
It has been a national trend. A large department-store chain builds a solid reputation in a small town over several decades - until a pivotal period in the town's economic growth. Then, bam, with little warning and cries of dwindling profits, the store on which so many have grown dependent is plucked from the struggling community like a bottle from a baby's mouth. Coatesville city manager Ted Reed, who witnessed such scenarios in two East Coast communities before taking his Coatesville position in 1986, now faces the task of trying to protect the city from the same paralyzing trend.
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July 18, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Helen Stainker Brown was in her 30s, in the 1950s, she was known as "Herbie" by high school boys who hung out at Pauley's, a bakery in Gloucester City, where she worked behind the counter. "They were very fond of Mom," a son, Harry, said. "They had an informal gang, they called themselves a gang," he said, describing the club. And, he said, "they couldn't have any girls in the gang, so they named her Herbie, like one of the guys. " On Saturday, July 11, Mrs. Brown, 95, died at Heath Village, a retirement community in Hackettstown, N.J. Born in Gloucester City, Mrs. Brown attended Gloucester City High School, her son said, "through 10th grade and dropped out to help support the family.
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November 20, 2013 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Columnist
When she called Monday to explain J.C. Penney Co.'s holiday strategy to win back customers, senior marketing vice president Deb Berman ticked off a ton of fixes aimed at recapturing $4 billion in sales that vaporized last year. No longer will Penneys stay shut until Black Friday, as it did in 2012 while frenzied competitors threw their doors open on Turkey Day. Hustling for every penny now, the department store will open at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving. And returning to the sales floor on Black Friday are even more signs of the old Penneys: Cooks kitchen appliances (the discount store brand drastically cut back under the leadership of now-ousted chief executive Ron Johnson)
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November 14, 2013 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Columnist
The Martha Stewart Pantry extra-virgin olive oil arrived on my desk from J.C. Penney Inc. earlier this year like a retail voodoo doll. Voodoo because Penneys was unveiling the premium product at an ominous time, in the midst of losing billions of dollars under the rip-apart-the-old-ways leadership of former Apple Store guru Ron Johnson. Soon after taking the helm in November 2011, Johnson spent hugely to bring the domestic diva's upmarket wares into stores he viewed as staid and in need of reinvention.
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January 29, 2013 | Associated Press
NEW YORK - J.C. Penney is bringing back sales. The struggling department store chain this week will begin adding back some of the hundreds of sales it ditched last year in hopes of luring shoppers who were turned off when the discounts disappeared. Penneys also plans to add price tags or signs for more than half of its merchandise to show customers how much they're saving by shopping at the mid-priced chain - a strategy used by a few other retailers such as home decor chain Crate and Barrel and the company that owns TJ Maxx, HomeGoods and Marshalls.
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October 8, 2012 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Columnist
It was fitting that J.C. Penney Co.'s newest store, a redesigned and blinged out behemoth at Willow Grove Park, officially opened Friday of all days, the one-year anniversary of the death of Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs. With its iPad checkout for Levi's, its apparel brands grouped into mini-stores within the store, and its bright accent lights sparkling onto wide-open, burnished-concrete aisles, the new Penneys reflects a companywide effort to rapidly and radically transform the century-old chain under the leadership of former Apple retail guru Ron Johnson.
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February 26, 2012
"Many times in our history, we have these problems - and bigger problems - but we make it. " - Greek iconographer and theologian Georgios Kordis, commenting on the financial crisis in his home country. Kordis is working on a new Greek Orthodox church in Montgomery County. "Greece will be a different country after this transaction. " - Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos, after the Greek parliament approved legislation to slice $142 billion off the country's debt.
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December 15, 2011
J.C. Penney plans to open a department store at Franklin Mills Mall in March at the same location where, until earlier this year, it had operated a Penney's outlet store that shut down as part of a nationwide realignment by the retailer, mall officials announced Thursday. Penney's will remodel the site of its former outlet after renovating the interior into a modern, 100,000-square-foot department store at the discount-oriented megamall in Far Northeast Philadelphia. The new Penney's will join Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Ann Taylor Factory Store, and Guess Factory Store, among other outlet and value retail stores at Franklin Mills.
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July 29, 2011 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A new J.C. Penney and Nordstrom Rack are centerpieces of a planned expansion announced Thursday at the site of an old Strawbridge's department store at the Willow Grove Park mall. The stores, set to open in 2012, will be part of 190,000 square feet of renovated space reconfigured from the three-story shell of the Strawbridge's, according to the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, which owns the mall. The stores are being slotted into a long-dormant site that was originally to have come back to life as a Boscov's.
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August 25, 2010 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
The fashion shift at J.C. Penney has been slow, but definitely hasn't gone unnoticed. I started picking up on slight changes two years ago. During my jaunts to the mall, I'd wander into Penneys and undoubtedly I'd walk out with something - a floral dress by Bisou Bisou or a Worthington pencil skirt. I'd randomly mix these pieces into my wardrobe and sure enough someone would comment, "Nice dress. " "Cute top. " Giggling to myself, I'd casually respond, "Girl, I got this from Penneys.
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