NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- JCPenney announced on Tuesday it will furlough the majority of its store hourly associates, beginning April 2, as it extends the closure of its stores due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The retailer has one store in Manhattan, one in the Bronx, one in Staten Island, one in Queens and two in Brooklyn; there's also a design office in SoHo.
The company also said that beginning April 5, "a significant portion" of employees in its Plano, Texas head office, Salt Lake City, and SoHo design offices will be furloughed, along with its store salaried associates. Many of the company’s associates in supply chain and logistics centers were previously furloughed on March 20, and those furloughs will continue.
"These are difficult days all across the country and the globe. At JCPenney, we are making tough, prudent decisions to protect both the safety of our associates and the future of our Company," said Jill Soltau, chief executive officer of JCPenney. "We remain optimistic about JCPenney’s ability to weather this pandemic. We also believe these short-term solutions will have a long-term benefit for our associates, customers, and key stakeholders as we look forward to the day that we reopen our doors."