JCPenney temporarily closing stores, business offices in response to global coronavirus pandemic

JCPenney becomes the latest department store chain to close its doors in response to the global coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

JCPenney announced it will temporarily close all stores and business offices, starting 7 p.m. local time on Wednesday, March 18. The stores and business offices are scheduled to reopen April 2.

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The decision comes after recommendations from local, state and federal health officials, the department store said.

“The safety of our associates, customers and communities is always a priority for JCPenney, and our thoughts are with everyone during this critical time,” Jill Soltau, JCPenney chief executive officer said in a statement.

JCPenney will continue to monitor the situation and follow guidance from the CDC and local, state, and federal health officials and will reassess or adjust its policies accordingly as the situation unfolds, according to a press release.

Customers can continue to shop online at the flagship store,, or through the app.

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