JC Penney celebrates Corinth reopening

CORINTH – Corinth High School cheerleaders and band added a festive note Friday to the grand reopening and ribbon-cutting for JC Penney’s Corinth store, which closed after historical May 2 flooding.
The store reopened to customers on Sunday, but store and local elected officials held a special ceremonial opening Friday morning.
“We are happy to be back and support the community as it has supported us,” said store manager Earl Owens. “We have an updated new store, new look and new brands.”
JC Penney District Manager Lollie Maulty of Memphis and Mark Hagelberg of JC Penney Retail Operations in Dallas, helped with the store celebration.
They presented a check for $2,500 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Mississippi for its After School Program in honor of the occasion.
“This brings to about $15,000 the total amount JC Penney has given Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Mississippi,” said Executive Director David Roberts. “They were very instrumental in getting our Iuka club started.”
Corinth’s newly elected mayor and members of the Board of Aldermen joined the Main Street Corinth director, other local officials and people from the community to welcome the business back.
“We’re happy to be back in support of the economy in Corinth, which we know has been missing us,” Owens said. “This community has always supported us and we’re glad to return with realigned departments and new products.”
The 26,000-square-foot store anchors the Southgate Plaza shopping center.
JC 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 Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.

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