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J.C. Penney is latest retailer to be shut down by virus

The company announced it will close its stores and business offices, starting today at 7 p.m. local time through April 2 in response to the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic.
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The J.C. Penney store at the Southern Park Mall is among all stores in the chain that will close through at least April as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Jess Hardin/Mahoning Matters)

PLANO, Texas — J. C. Penney Co. announced it will close its stores and business offices, starting today at 7 p.m. local time through April 2 in response to the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic.

"With the effects of the outbreak being felt more each day, our primary concern and area of focus is and has been on the health and safety of our associates, our customers, and our communities,” said Jill Soltau, chief executive officer of JCPenney. “We know this is a critical, unprecedented time and our thoughts are with those who have been impacted.”

The company said it will follow guidance from the CDC and local, state, and federal health officials and will reassess or adjust its policies accordingly.

Customers can continue to shop online at jcp.com or through its app.




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