J. C. Penney Company, Inc., commonly known as JCPenney, is a long established department store chain that is headquartered in Plano, Texas but operates stores all over the United States.
The company was founded by one James Cash Penney. Penney hailed from Hamilton, MO, but after he graduated from high school he relocated himself to Colorado, believing that in doing so he could improve his somewhat fragile health. There, in 1909, he opened, in conjunction with two partners, a Golden Rule store. After opening two more, he bought his partners out, changed the name of his company to J. C. Penney Company, took a new partner, William Henry McManus and moved his center of operations to New York City.
By 1917 the company operated 22 stores, a figure that would grow to 1000 by 1922, making it one of the fastest retail expansions in history.
These days almost all JCPenney stores operate as the anchor store for a mall, having begun the exodus from the high street in the late 1970s, several years after their founders death in 1970.
Over the last few years the company has been through some rather rough times. In 2013 CEO Ron Johnson was fired and the company embarked on a major rebranding program.
Who Can Work at JCPenney
As a full service department store, there are positions available with JCPenney in stock taking and stores, as basic store clerks, store management, loss prevention, administration and much more.
There are also positions in the specialist departments that are housed within most stores. This includes the hair and beauty salons, the photography studios and the optical departments. Those seeking employment in the salon sections do usually need to be qualified stylists and beauticians with an up to date state license in order to be considered for employment.
There are also positions available at the numerous distribution centers that the company operates all over the country, as well as at their corporate headquarters in Plano.
Completing the JCPenney Online Application
Any available positions within the company are listed on the main corporate website (although they are often discreetly posted in stores as well.) Here, in order to find a post that is suited to you, you can search by zip code, which is the quickest and most efficient way, or by type of employment desired. You can also choose to look specifically for open positions in a certain department, such as photo or beauty.
When completing the JCPenney application, be as complete as possible, listing all of the important information that you believe will qualify you for the position. Take the time to double check your inputs for accuracy, especially when it comes to addresses and telephone numbers.
Interesting Facts about JCPenny You Might Want To Know
JCPenney’s founder, James Cash Penney, is buried in the famous Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx section of New York City. Oddly enough, just a few graves down lies fellow retail mogul F.W. Woolworth, a man who, in life, was a major rival of Penney’s.
James Cash Penney was one of the founders of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. He then served on its Board of Trustees from 1926 to 1930.
In 1940, a young man named Sam Walton went to work at a J. C. Penney in Des Moines, Iowa. He often met James Cash Penney as he rose through the management ranks, but left the company in 1960 to found his own, Wal-Mart.
JCPenney were the first retail chain to agree to accept VISA and MasterCard credit cards when they first appeared in the 1970s.
In recent years, the then CEO Ron Johnson tried to rebrand JCPenney as a more upscale concern, similar to Bergdorf’s or Lord and Taylor. Former loyal customers felt alienate and the demographic that Johnson wanted to target were not swayed. After he was fired in early 2013, the company issued an apology video of sorts, assuring its old customer base that it was still very much ‘their store’.
One of the most successful moves that JCPenney have made over the last decade is the introduction of the ‘ store within the store’ Sephora beauty stores. There are now 386 of these stores, with more planned.