JCPenney Won't Let Shoppers Do This in Stores Next Month
You might be disappointed, but the retailer is introducing new perks to soften the blow.
As some of the first destinations where one-stop-shopping was a possibility, department stores retain an important place in our retail culture—even if their brick-and-mortar locations are on the decline. You can get your appliances, perfume, shoes, and even evening wear at these (typically) giant stores, or you can opt to shop for what you need online. Much like Macy's and Kohl's, JCPenney has withstood the test of time, and that's thanks in large part to its ongoing efforts to provide what shoppers want. Next month, however, the retailer is keeping shoppers from doing one thing in stores, and you'll want to make your plans accordingly. Read on to find out what JCPenney isn't allowing in November.
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Changes at JCPenney are nothing new.
Shopping malls are slowly becoming a thing of the past: According to Insider, only 700 remain in the U.S. Along with that decline, department stores like JCPenney have been forced to adapt to the changing retail sector, previously relying on malls to house their operations.
JCPenney recently celebrated its 120th anniversary in April, but just last month, the retailer made a big change regarding its in-store Sephora shops. The pair had a 15-year contract, which Sephora chose not to renew, according to The Spokesman-Review, opting to move this concept over to Kohl's stores instead. Thankfully, JCPenney reassured customers they wouldn't go without their beauty products, as it would be opening in-store JCPenney Beauty shops by early 2023.
But while the removal of Sephora shops is somewhat surprising, you might have predicted the most recent announcement from the retailer.
Don't skip dessert to get in line at JCPenney on Nov. 24.
If you want to score the best deals on your holiday gifts, chances are you like to shop on Black Friday. Many retailers have even started offering deals ahead of the biggest shopping day of the year, including on Thanksgiving Day. But for the third year in a row, JCPenney will shut its doors on Turkey Day, which this year falls on Nov. 24.
In a press release, the retailer confirmed that the closure is intended to help both customers and employees "enjoy Thanksgiving with their families without missing out on the savings." If you must shop over your plate of pumpkin pie, you can place orders on JCPenney.com, which "is always open."
Black Friday shopping begins at 5 a.m. sharp on Nov. 25, but before that—on Nov. 1—you can take advantage of something special.
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Savings start early this holiday season.
Black Friday deals will be available for shoppers on Nov. 1 this year, well ahead of Thanksgiving, the retailer confirmed. For one day only, thousands of exclusive deals will be offered to "[help] customers get a head start on their shopping at a great price." JCPenney will then be unveiling new Black Friday deals weekly in November, both online and in-store.
JCPenney will also have extended store hours throughout the holiday shopping season, and the retailer promised shoppers will see many of the same deals "that have stood the test of time (and inflation)." For those braving Black Friday crowds, it'll serve you well to arrive early, as JCPenney is handing out "special in-store coupons" for the first shoppers in line, which can be used on top of existing discounts.
Beyond that, you have a chance to win a $500 voucher as part of the "We Got Your Cart Sweepstakes." All you have to do is upload your JCPenney receipt to WeGotYourCart.com and you'll be entered to win in drawings from Nov. 8, 2022, through Jan. 2, 2023.
"The holidays are a time for magical surprises and fun shopping experiences," Marc Rosen, CEO of JCPenney, said in the release of the sweepstakes. "We wanted to clear the carts of customers to show our support for America's hardworking families and make the season even merrier for more people."
JCPenney isn't the only store closing up shop on Thanksgiving.
Getting together with family and friends on Thanksgiving is a tradition for Americans, and if you celebrate, the holiday is a welcome opportunity to unwind, eat, and hopefully, take some time off from work. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, It's become increasingly popular for big-name companies to recognize this need for associates. In 2022, a total of 37 nationwide chains have announced plans to shutter their doors for the holiday, Forbes reported.
These include stores that are normally hotspots for holiday shopping, including Best Buy—which has also been closed on Thanksgiving for the last three years—as well as Walmart, Macy's, and Kohl's, among others.