JCP Launches Shop-Centered Home Department
June 7, 2013,
Martha Stewart poses with her J.C. Penney collection of party goods at the event.
NEW YORK-J.C. Penney has rolled out its newly reformatted home department, featuring shops for major brands, at more than 500 stores nationwide.
The retailer is marking the occasion with housewarming events beginning today and extending through June 9, with live product demonstrations and free gifts with purchase. It also debuted the shops at an event last night at Moynihan Station here, which included J.C. Penney executives, members of the media and executives with its brand partners including Martha Stewart, Michael Graves, Terence Conran and Jonathan Adler.
"Home is very important to us," Rutenis said. "With the combination of the designer brands and core products, we need to offer great value at great prices. We're more diversified in what we offer than ever before, and we are displaying a great understanding of the brand identifications."
In its rollout of the new department, J.C. Penney concentrated on those stores that have posted the largest sales volume in home. Going forward, the company will adjust its home assortment, including the possible addition of new brands, depending on how shoppers react to the current assortment. "The customer has to vote at the end of the day," Rutenis said.