J.C.Penney saw to the reopening of 150 stores across 27 states in the United States yesterday, 28 May. They plan on reopening a total of 500 stores by 3 June.

So far, the apparel retailer has 304 stores out of the total 850 stores open. They were temporarily shut due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Details on the reopening

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The executive vice president, Jim Paul spoke of the Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company filed for it earlier in the month. As part of this recovery, they plan to close 242 locations which is one-third of their total locations.

Currently, the company has $500 million of cash-in-hand. It holds another $900 million from lenders to help keep the retailer giant afloat.

COVID-19 friendly services

The reopened stores are offering contact-less delivery. This is in the form of curbside pickup via a barcode in the customers’ mobile.

The stores have special shopping hours that have been designated for customers that are at-risk including senior citizens. This is at all stores from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays and Fridays.

The provision of personal protective equipment for the employees is a must. The company provides face masks, gloves and hand sanitizer for their associates.

They have specific shift schedules to minimize contact between the employees. Regular cleaning of the store and Plexiglas partitions at the registers ensure hygiene in the stores.

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