By Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – It took only four months to renovate the JC Penney store in The Mall at Barnes Crossing from top to bottom, its first significant facelift in more than 20 years.
“There have been some minor renovations over the years, but this is the first major work that’s been done,” said store manager Al Cox.
The Tupelo store is one of 69 company locations undergoing renovations this year.
A ribbon-cutting was held Friday morning to mark the completion of the $1.5 million project.
Cox said among the improvements at the store was installation of new flooring and lighting.
“We also have a new salon and new customer service center, and we’ve widened the aisles,” he said.
Walls have been straightened to help open up the store and make it appear bigger.
“The store appears bigger, but it’s not,” said Cox, noting the store fills some 65,000 square feet at the mall.
New brands, including exclusive labels, also have been added to give customers many more options, he added.
In addition to providing some light refreshments before the store opened, Cox also gave a $2,000 check to Lee County 4-H.
The JC Penney renovation comes on the heels of Belk’s completing a $5 million renovation at its two mall stores earlier this month and a $100,000 expansion of the Reed’s store.