J.C. Penney Co. Inc.

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Toyota Headquarters Was Headed for Outer Space and Not the Inner City Anyway

    Real estate writer Steve Brown has a story in today's Dallas Morning News about massive apartment projects springing up around the site of the new Toyota headquarters in Plano. Apparently these will be part of an even bigger sea of apartments not far from the J.C. Penney headquarters up there in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2014

    One Million Moms Pledges to Destroy Dallas' Kimberly-Clark Over "SAM In My Pants" Ad

    Dallas-based Kimberly-Clark, the conglomerate behind Kleenex, Huggies and a host of other brand-name personal care items, is blazing a new trail in the market for adult incontinence products. With its new Poise Microliners, the company is targeting young women suffering from "light bladder leakage" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    Does This JCPenney Tea Kettle Look Like Hitler to You? [Updated]

    Oh, JCPenney. The Plano-based department store chain just cannot seem to stop stepping in it, in the weirdest ways possible. Last year, there was Gay Dad-Gate, in which the company pissed off homophobes everywhere by featuring a photo of two gay fathers in its catalog, just after it had the temerity ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    Ronald Johnson Gambled and Lost at JCP, but that Doesn't Mean He Made a Bad Bet

    What to make of the big boot at J.C. Penney? CEO Ronald B. Johnson came tumbling out that door grabbing for his hat like a riverboat gambler evicted from First Baptist. Sometimes it's hard to look cool. But what's the big picture in this picture? Is there ever a big picture in bed sheets and towels ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2013

    Does Anyone Have a Notion of What JC Penney Even Is Now?

    I'm trying to think if there is a way the latest news about Plano-based JC Penney could be any more depressing. I was already pretty depressed when I read about the billion dollars in 2012 losses on a four billion dollar drop in sales this morning, and that was before I got to the story about the Ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    Street Style: Dallas Observer Music Awards Showcase Edition

    When we see you on the street and think you put some thought into your style, we may take your picture and ask you things. See also: A group of trendsetters rock their Saturday best at Dada Name: Lacy Beckman Age: 23 Occupation: Sales support specialist for Fossil Style influences: "Look books. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    JCPenney Is Being Sued For Loving Martha Stewart Too Much

    Actually, JCPenney is being sued for "tortious interference," as its competitor Macy's tries to stop Martha Stewart Living from setting up shop anywhere at all besides Macy's. The lawsuit, filed today, puts a crimp in JCPenney's plan to create "mini Martha Stewart stores" inside its locations. Pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    One Million Moms Strikes Again: The Real Reason JC Penney President Michael Francis Got Canned

    Update at 4:54 p.m.: JC Penney just sent me a statement. As expected, it makes no mention of One Million Moms: Michael's departure does not signify a change to jcpenney's long-term transformation plans. We remain focused on our vision to becoming America's favorite store through great product and e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2012

    One Million Moms Doesn't Like JC Penney's Two Gay Dads At All

    Because their attack on JC Penney for its (obviously homosexual) relationship with Ellen DeGeneres only brought the Plano-based clothing retailer to its knees, the anti-gay, pro-crazy group One Million Moms is back to deliver the finishing blow. The department store chain sent out a subversive litt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    One Million Moms Takes Credit for GCB Getting Canceled, Almost Makes Us Wish It Wasn't

    You're probably still recovering from this weekend's news that GCB, the all-cartoon character depiction of Dallas's blonde and faithful, has been canceled. One Million Moms couldn't be more pleased. They're the American Family Association-backed protest group who's been calling for the big-haired ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    One Million Moms Is Now Calling For A Boycott Against "Blasphemous" GCB

    Back in February, it was semi-big news when a group called One Million Moms called for a boycott of Dallas-based J.C. Penney. The reason was the company's new spokeswoman, Ellen DeGeneres, who you will be shocked to learn is gay, and thus obviously unfit to sell pleated Dockers and window treatments ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2011

    Justin Bieber's Biggest Fans Descend Upon Frisco

    Mattie Stafford​Every few years it seems a new pandemic sweeps the nation. Usually occurring on or around television sweeps weeks, diseases like SARS and swine flu become hot-button topics that dominate news coverage as well as most other forms of popular media. Formerly innocuous water cooler ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    New Study Says Dallas's Schoolchildren Really Need Something to Do After School

    ​D.C.-based Afterschool Allliance wondered: What are America's kids doing after the 3 p.m. school bell rings? Survey says: Only 15 percent of students nationwide are involved in some kind of afterschool program. That's a small number. And Dallas comes in below the national average:Only 30,000 chil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Now To the Team Hicks Used To Own: Your ALCS-Playing Rangers and Tonight's Deets

    ​Hell of a way to bookend the day -- in a courtroom first thing in the morning watching Tom Hicks's attorneys fight to keep ownership of Liverpool FC, then at the Ballpark in Arlington tonight to watch Tom Hicks's old team fight to keep home-field advantage over the New York Yankees in its first-e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2010

    'Cause My Heart, It Was Tim Gunn

    Photos by Danny Fulgencio​Tim Gunn was up in Frisco last night, selling clothes (for Liz Claiborne and JCPenney) and books (Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work), at Stonebriar Centre Mall. From the sounds of our own Danny Fulgencio's account, the best part of Project Runw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2010

    City to Refocus Its Attention at Southwest Center on Macy's, Which Is "Still Alive"; Penney's Owner Will Consider All His Options

    ​Back to Southwest Center Mall for a moment -- or, more specifically, the city's plans to keep the "dead mall," per the Urban Land Institute, alive. Karl Zavitkovsky kept the council's Economic Development Committee behind closed doors for almost an hour this morning, during which point it was men ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2010

    Ron Natinsky Wonders: If We're Gonna Save Southwest Center, Why Not Valley View, Then?

    Sam MertenRon Natinsky​If nothing else, this'll be the last Southwest Center Mall item of the day -- only because there'll be nothing left to talk about till after the council returns from its summer recess. But Ron Natinksky, head of the city council's Economic Development Committee, called Unfai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    On Monday, Council Committee To Go Behind Closed Doors to Talk Southwest Center Mall

    From the Urban Land Institute's report on Southwest Center Mall, this proposal: "The panel recommends a new town center to be organized around a lawn and retail street (shown in red)."​Dunno if you remember this, but back before Christmas the city of Dallas took out a lease on the abandoned JCPen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2010

    Thanks to Dave Letterman: Dallas in Arlington!

    Your First-Place Texas Rangers take on the one-game-back Oakland Athletics tonight at the Ballpark in Arlington -- first pitch in, oh, 15 minutes. After the game, you can switch it on over to CBS for the Late Show with David Letterman, where perfect-gamer Dallas Braden's throwing out the Top 10 list ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2009

    The Sad View from Valley View

    Signs like this one decorate dozens of empty storefronts at Valley View Center.​When I was a kid, Valley View was my mall -- bought my first skateboard (a Powell-Peralta purchased at the stand beneath the escalators), my first album (KISS's Double Platinum at the Disc Records) and my first guitar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    It Appears the City's Buying JCPenney's Space at Southwest Center Mall After All

    "The lonely mall" formerly known as Red Bird​For weeks it's been rumored that the city's getting ready to buy the JCPenney piece of the beleaguered Southwest Center Mall. Which, if true, wouldn't come as much of a surprise: The Urban Land Institute, paid $120,000 by the city council in April to "a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    More About City's Plans to "Rent" JCPenney at Southwest Center Mall, With Option to Buy

    Sam MertenThe vacant JCPenney building at Southwest Center Mall in South Dallas.​Karl Zavitkovsky, head of the city's Office of Economic Development, just called back to explain why the city's moving forward with plans to purchase the JCPenney's space at Southwest Center Mall, which the chain aban ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 13, 2009
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    August 10, 2009

    Office Politics, or: Penney for Your Lawsuit

    ​During the waning days of the '08 presidential election, a piece of Photoshop made the rounds featuring Barack Obama shining Sarah Palin's shoes. Collin County man Roger Baker, an eight-year J.C. Penney veteran at its Plano HQ, says he printed out the photo and taped it to a co-worker's computer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2009

    After Razing Timbercreek Apartments, Trammell Crow Company Heads to Board of Adjustment Aiming to Delay Replacing Trees

    Trees out, JCPenney in. Yup, sounds like Dallas. Shortly after Intern Alex wrote this strong piece, we wondered what had become of the Timbercreek Apartments on Northwest Highway and Skillman. Schutze exposed the city council vote in May 2006 when Mayor Laura Miller stood alone in opposing new zonin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2009

    How Do You Save a "Mostly Dead" Mall?

    From the Urban Land Institute report on Southwest Center: "More than half the floor space is vacant -- feels lonely"Back in April, the Dallas City Council agreed to spend $120,000 in economic development grant money so the Urban Land Institute could "assess redevelopment options" at Southwest Center ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2009

    Red Bird Singing in the Dead of Night, Take These Broken Wings and Learn to Fly

    View Larger MapSpeaking, as we were late last week, of deserted area malls, today comes word that the city council's trying to figure out what to do with the Shopping Center Formerly Known as Red Bird. Otherwise called Southwest Center Mall, the joint was once a jam-packed jewel upon its grand openi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2009

    Short Orders: Tupinamba

    Tupinamba12270 Inwood972-991-8148Eddie Dominguez's place is the restaurant equivalent of the Grapevine Bar--an unassuming, colorful, come-as-you-are kind of place.If you've never been to the latter (conveniently located across the street from our offices) or if you can't ignore for a moment the bar' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2009

    Southwest Airlines Ties FedEx as Seventh Most-Admired Company in ... the World!

    Fortune just posted its list of the World's Most Admired Companies -- at least, admired by the other bidness folks surveyed by the magazine. Five Dallas-based companies made the list of 363, and they are, in alphabetical order: AT&T, Brinker International, Centex, Southwest Airlines and Texas In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    Scenes from the Dallas Auto Show

    Just in time for the recession, the Dallas Auto Show revs its engines till Sunday, filling the Dallas Convention Center with a bunch of cars that nobody will ever buy. But that won't stop us from staring, glassy-eyed, like children with the JC Penney Christmas catalog. I visited yesterday Thursday ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 4, 2008

    Experience This

    Celebrate Independence Day in December

  • Calendar

    February 21, 2008

    Denim Challenge

    DIFFA reworks denim for charity

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2008

    Fly the Gay-Friendly Skies

    The Washington, D.C.-based Human Rights Campaign Foundation -- which bills itself as "the nation’s largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization" -- has released its list of the Best Places to Work 2008, and four local companies made the cut: American Airlines, GameStop, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2007

    Every Day Matters at Good Records

    Anybody still read the Sunday paper? OK, fine, then. Anyone clip coupons and read the circulars? (C'mon, IKEA’s catalog was shoved in many a Dallas Morning News yesterday -- today too. That's reason enough to pick up Your Daily Newspaper.) If you do and you did, you might have noticed that JC Penn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2007
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    March 9, 2007

    Zzzzz...Huh? Oh Yeah. That Mayor Thingy.

    Have you heard? Tom Leppert is a businessman. There is the glamourous and consequential side of journalism: Covering a presidential race, writing about a war, detailing the side effects of a new cancer drug, profiling Maggie Gyllenhaal. And there is this: Attending a debate for Dallas mayor at 7:30 ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 16, 2006
  • Dining

    January 23, 2003

    Location, Location, Location

    Patrick Colombo eyeing new projects

  • Calendar

    October 24, 2002

    Art Attack

    Arlington Museum of Art has people under the stairs

  • News

    May 31, 2001


    We shall overcome

  • News

    February 15, 2001


    DMN security compromised by computer whizzer

  • Film

    August 24, 2000

    Gimme an 'F'

    Bring It On is nothing to cheer about

  • News

    July 13, 2000

    E-publish or perish

    Move over Mr. Gutenberg -- Dallas Internet entrepeneur Patrick Seaman is hunting for the "killer app" to create the next revolution in publishing

  • Culture

    May 25, 2000


    Overseas loan; Hardy laurels; Destructo art

  • News

    April 20, 2000

    Sweating it out in Saipan

    While other major retailers settle sweatshop lawsuits, J.C. Penney insists everything's cool

  • News

    January 20, 2000

    Letters to the Editor

    Published January 20, 1999

  • News

    November 25, 1999

    Penney pinched

    Falling sales and claims of sexist, insular management plague Plano-based J.C. Penney. Can a woman -- from Wal-Mart of all places -- turn the troubled chain around?

  • News

    April 22, 1999

    Art Attack

    A nosy questionnaire about how well Dallas arts groups run their businesses touches off a revolt against the Dallas Business Committee for the Arts

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    December 19, 1996
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    May 30, 1996
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