JCPenney’s Effort to Go Big and Avoid Bankruptcy

Retail chains have had to adjust, some have survived, some have perished. Where will JCPenney fall?

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JCPenney CEO Ron Johnson.

Shopping excursions have moved from big box retailers filling up mall space across the country to walkable retail options and boutique pop-ups, which has left retail mainstays like JCPenney’s struggling to find a way to stay viable and profitable.

The chain has tried a few ideas under the leadership of the current CEO Ron Johnson to revive the brand. The company went through an image makeover, got rid of sales, brought sales back among other things, but it’s been a slow go of turning the company around and increasing sales.

Recently, the brand followed Target’s lead and started partnering with big name designers to bring affordable luxury to consumers. Marchesa and Duro Olowu have both designed collections that are creating quite a buzz, but for the company’s shareholders it may be too little to late.

Company directors are seriously considering selling the company at worst, or replacing Johnson as CEO if things don’t shake for the company in three years.

“If three years from now, Ron Johnson is still struggling to turn around JCPenney, then he’s probably the wrong guy,” William Ackman, founder and CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management and board member of JCPenney told CNBC last month.

For more of the beloved brand’s woes, head to Business Insider.

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