J.C. Penney is temporarily closing all stores and business offices in response to the coronavirus. The announcement comes a day after the retailer said it would reduce store hours.
Stores will close at 7 p.m. local time Wednesday and are scheduled to reopen April 2, the company said in a news release.
The move comes after Macy’s and other department stores announced they were closing.
“With the effects of the outbreak being felt more each day, our primary concern and area of focus is and has been on the health and safety of our associates, our customers and our communities,” Jill Soltau, J.C. Penney CEO, said in a statement. “We know this is a critical, unprecedented time and our thoughts are with those who have been impacted.”
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The retailer said in the statement it 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.”
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