JC Penney delays store closing

By: Alicia Turner
April 17, 2017

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WCTV) -- “For Sale” “Everything Must Go” - Dozens of signs line the windows of the JC Penney store in Thomasville. The signs are just one more reminder that the anchor store will soon close its doors.

"The store has been an important part of the community for a long time. For people to shop and also for people that have worked here for over ten years, it’s been a staple,” said Dr. Steve Depaola, Thomasville resident.

JC Penney was originally set to kick off a major liquidation sale April 17th. But that date is now pushed back to May 22nd. The retailer says it’s because the company saw such a jump in sales following the announcement.

"They're doing what they can. They're trying to make as much money as they can," said Jordan Nease.

Jordan happens to be one of those customers. He wasn’t even out of the parking lot before trying on his new clothes.

"Oh yea, I got a shirt and shorts stuff like that, a lot of stuff is going real cheap in there," Jordan said.

"I think JC Penney is basically trying to do a reorganization of its entire business plan, to keep some of these stores open. That may be popular, seeing if they can kind of reinvigorate that brick and mortar side of their business," said James Miller, of the Florida Retail Federation.

JC Penney isn't alone in this move. Dozens of other major stores announcing closures. Many are not able to compete with online shopping. However, the Retail Federation says there are some things the internet just can't do.

"A lot of the products, consumers still want to try on and feel and touch,” Miller said.

And for a few more weeks, customers at this JC Penney store can do just that.

Because the liquidation sale has been pushed back that, also changes the date for the store to close for good. The new date is July 31st.

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