As of Oct 28, 2017, J.C. Penney operated 874 department stores in 49 states and Puerto Rico.

In fiscal 2016, the company opened 1 store and closed 9 stores. The company closed 139 stores in the first nine months of fiscal 2017. Due to success in appliance sales, both in-store and online, the company plans on opening approximately 100 new appliance showrooms in early 2017.

As of year-end the company owned 417 stores, including 119 stores with ground leases, and the remaining stores were leased. Department stores averaged approximately 102,000 square feet.

Store growth-13.8%-0.8%-3.9%-2.9%-0.9%0.2%
Total gross square feet (M)78,975103,300104,700107,900110,600111,600
Total gross square feet growth-23.7%-1.3%-3.0%-2.4%-0.9%0.4%
Avg store gross sq ft90,400102,000102,500101,600101,100101,100
Avg store gross sq ft growth-11.5%-0.6%0.9%0.5%0.0%0.2%

Notes:Excludes 10 Foundry Big and Tall Supply Co. stores in 2011, 2012 and 2013