J.C. Penney has closed all 10 of its The Foundry Big & Tall Supply Co. stores. The Foundry Big & Tall Supply stores that closed were introduced in 2011 as stand-alone stores that accommodated big and tall consumers.
The company closed two stores in Overland Park, one in the Northland and one in Independence, Kansas. The other six stores were located in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area, all around Jan. 17, according to The Kansas City Star.
Joey Thomas, spokesman for J.C. Penney, in Plano, Texas, said, “We have closely monitored the performance of our Foundry business from its inception, learning how best to serve the big and tall shopper. Our analysis determined that we can streamline operations by closing stand-alone stores and expanding our big and tall merchandise assortment in the convenience of our existing J.C. Penney locations,” The Kansas City Star reported.
The retailer further elaborated to The Star that eligible employees relocated to J.C. Penney stores, while other employees who did not remain with the company have received benefits and career training.
Thomas continued, “While it’s never an easy decision to close stores, especially due to the impact on our valued associates and customers, we feel this is a necessary business decision. There are currently no plans to close J.C. Penney stores in Kansas or Missouri.”
The company is currently refurbishing and relocating around 980 big and tall departments in its stores, strategically positioning them on the sales floor. The departments, renamed The Foundry Big & Tall Supply Co., feature new graphics, fixtures, lighting and mannequins without requiring construction.
The Star reported on J.C. Penney’s research, explaining that “big and tall” consumers make up over 50 percent of the male population and spend an estimated $6 billion each year on apparel, footwear and accessories.