TRF Closing Official – Petition Continues 14 Mar 17

Latest; Store Closing Announced

In spite of a local, eleventh hour effort to change the course of a company plan, the JC Penney Store in down town Thief River Falls was on a list; released at mid-morning today – of eight Minnesota Stores scheduled to close this summer.

Along with Thief River Falls, JCP will close retail outlets in; Baxter, Fairmont, Faribault, Hibbing, Hutchinson, Red Wing and Winona – along with Wahpeton, Jamestown and Dickenson in North Dakota.

Employees were told earlier this week, but officials with the Thief River Falls Chamber of Commerce continued to push an on-line petition along with calls, emails and receipt survey response to try to persuade JCP Vice President of Stores, Joe McFarland – to keep the local doors open; calling the down town store a “huge asset” to the community.

This morning, Chamber Executive Director, Ashley Nerhus, said she is not ready to give up yet and encouraged signatures to the petition effort.

The 138 store closings announced today are part of the company’s overall effort to re-align operations, in light of the emergence of on-line shopping – a trend that is eating up the walk-in market at brick and mortar locations.

Company officials said today stock liquidation is expected to begin at most locations next month.

Nationwide, store closings are expected to affect some 5 thousand workers.

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Friday, March 17th 2017; 4:17am

48 hours with no new information and no “list” as signatures to The Chamber’s on-line petition grew from only 100 yesterday morning to more than 14 hundred today, in the fight to save the down town JC Penney Store in Thief River Falls.

Meanwhile, JC Penney outlets at Fargo’s West Acres and in Wahpeton are also said to be on the list as the company this month implements a plan to consolidate retail operations and close up to 140 stores nationwide.

A call to action issued by the Thief River Falls Chamber of Commerce week has seen a huge response, after local development officials confirmed the store in down town Thief River Falls as on the list, with closing as early as June.

An Open Line program this past Tuesday; urging an email, survey and call-in campaign generated an information search that has now scored more than 74 hundred hits on our Web Page.

With the official list still undisclosed this morning, we continue to post company contact information along with a link to the on-line petition at change.org:  CLICK HERE!

joemcfar@jcp.com

Executive Vice President of Stores, Joe McFarland in Plano, Texas- 1 – 972-431-1000.

Letters can also be directed to McFarland at the JCP Corporation, 6501 Legacy Drive, Plano, Texas 75025.

Comment section online survey posted at the bottom of every JC Penny purchase receipt.

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Thursday March 16th 2017

There has been no new information over the past twenty-four hours, with our calls to company officials un-returned yesterday, as experts from Wall Street to Main Street continue to speculate over a list of JC Penney Retail closings – as many as 140 nationwide.

A call to action issued by the Thief River Falls Chamber of Commerce last week has seen a huge response, after local development officials confirmed the store in down town Thief River Falls as on the list, with closing as early as June.

A KTRF Open Line program this past Tuesday; urging a email, survey and call-in campaign, generated an information search that scored nearly 7 thousand hits on our Thief River Falls Radio Web Page.

With the official list still undisclosed this morning, we have re-posted contact information;

Sign the on-line Chamber Petition at change.org; https://www.change.org/p/joe-mcfarland-keep-jc-penney-in-thief-river-falls-mn

joemcfar@jcp.com

Executive Vice President of Stores, Joe McFarland in Plano, Texas- 1 – 972-431-1000.

Letters can also be directed to McFarland at the JCP Corporation, 6501 Legacy Drive, Plano, Texas 75025.

Comment section online survey posted at the bottom of every JC Penny purchase receipt.

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Wednesday March 15th 2017

The end of a rich, retail legacy …

Employees with the JC Penney Store in down town Thief River Falls were told yesterday the store will be closing in June.

The news was unwelcome, but not unanticipated, after the company announced the closure of up to 140 stores nationwide in February. The closure is part of the company’s overall effort to re-align operations, with the emergence of on-line shopping, a trend that is eating up the walk-in market at brick and mortar locations.

For decades, through good times and bad, the local JC Penney store has anchored the retail down town, a busy hub of commerce generating retail traffic, with the Thief River Falls Chamber of Commerce calling the store a “huge asset” to the community.

With employees told Tuesday, and voluntary early retirement due Friday, the official list of store closings is expected to be released to the public today.

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Tuesday March 14th 2017

If enough voices come together, can we shout loud enough to make a difference?

Well – the Thief River Falls Chamber of Commerce is hoping that we can, asking the public to call, write or comment against the potential closing of the down town JC Penny Store.

In comments posted last week on-line, Chamber Officials say they believe the Thief River Falls store is on an unpublished list of 1 hundred 40 stores that the Penny’s company has scheduled to close nationwide.

In a “Call to Action,” the Chamber says they believe the local store is a huge asset to the community, with a positive impact on other retailer’s in the city, and is urging everyone opposed to closing the store to; call the Company’s Executive Vice President of Stores, Joe McFarland in Plano, Texas – the telephone number is 972-431-1000. Letters can also be directed to McFarland at the JCP Corporation, 6501 Legacy Drive, Plano, Texas 75025.

Perhaps one of the best ways to support keeping the doors open is through the on-line survey posted at the bottom of every JC Penny purchase receipt. The five minute survey is quick and easy, with a comment section to post your concern and your support.

The official list of closings is expected to be released later this month.