JCPenney

JCPenney will reopen its store in Golden East Crossing today.

The JCPenney in Golden East Crossing mall is going to be back open for business today.

The store hours will be from noon to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. The store has been closed since the coronavirus became more widespread.

“We’re taking a strategic approach in reopening our stores nationwide and will continue doing so in a phased approach based on guidance from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and local and state mandates,” Jim DePaul, company executive vice president of stores for the Dallas area-based department store chain, said in prepared remarks.

A press release from JCPenney said the local store will have contactless checkout counters, plexiglass shields at the cash registers and contact-free curbside pickup.

The press release also said masks will be provided to each associate and that social distancing procedures will be in place.

The reopening of the local JCPenney comes amid trying times for the 118-year-old company, which started as a dry goods store in Kemmerer, Wyo.

The Associated Press on Friday reported the pandemic has pushed JCPenney into Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

According to the report, as part of a financial reorganization, the chain said some stores will be shuttered and that the stores will close in phases throughout the Chapter 11 process.

The report said details of the first phase will be disclosed in the coming weeks.