Corinth J.C. Penney reopening Oct. 22

By Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – Only two major retailers remain closed from the May storms and floods, but one of them – J.C. Penney – said it’s almost ready to welcome back shoppers.
The Plano, Texas-based department store chain said it will have a grand reopening of its Corinth location on Oct. 22.
“The reopening of our store after historic flooding last May shows our commitment to the citizens of Corinth and the surrounding area who have shopped with us over the past 25 years,” said Corinth store manager Earl Owens Jr. “We’re proud to show customers the fresh new look of our store.”
That leaves Kmart, located in the Fulton Crossing Shopping Center, as the last major store waiting to reopen.
Last month, a company spokeswoman said Kmart hoped to reopen the store but did not give a date. She said the discount retailer was negotiating with its landlord as well as working with its insurer.
Kmart officials could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, J.C. Penney said it has renovated its Corinth store, giving it “the look and feel of a brand new store” with new flooring, wider aisles, modern fixtures and brighter lighting.
The 26,000-square-foot store anchors the Southgate Plaza shopping center. Most of the smaller stores in the center reopened within a month of their temporary closings after the May storms.
J.C. Penney has operated stores in Mississippi since 1924 and has been in Corinth since 1956. The Southgate Plaza location opened in 1984 and employs 40 workers.
Contact Dennis Seid at (662) 678-1578 or dennis.seid@djournal.com.