I guess all good things come to an end. J.C. Penney is getting out of the catalog business and closing all 19 of their catalog outlet stores.
This is possibly bad news for the Fairgrounds Square Mall, in Muhlenberg Township, which has a J.C. Penney catalog outlet store. The store used to be a regular J.C. Penney and is one of the mall anchor stores. The Fairgrounds location converted to the catalog outlet format in 1999.
No closing date has been set other than it will be sometime in 2011 – 2012. J.C. Penney would not say whether the store will close or convert back to a standard J.C. Penney retail store.
This would leave Boscov’s and Burlington Coat Factory as the remaining anchor stores in the event Penney’s pulls out of the Fairgrounds Square Mall.
Roy, many retailers believe closing catalog stores is inevitable and a necessity. Almost anyone using a phone or, more importantly, a web browser can place their order online and receive it directly at home in a matter of days. That consumer convenience pretty much makes the catalog store as obsolete as a hammer in a house built with screws.
Thanks for keeping us well informed!
Joe Zlomek, The Sanatoga Post