January 11, 2002 |
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.
August 7, 1997 |
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.
January 29, 2013 |
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.
June 25, 1987 |
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.
August 25, 2010 |
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.
April 1, 1990 |
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.
May 10, 1990 |
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.
November 20, 2013 |
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)
October 8, 2012 |
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.
April 8, 1990 |
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.