The J.C. Penney in Tupelo was recently recognized as one of the company’s top-performing stores in the nation.
General Manager John Gorman was one of more than 90 store leaders honored with a Founder’s Award at a special ceremony at tjhe Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas.
J.C. Penney has more than 870 stores; company Chairman and CEO Marvin R. Ellison, Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer Joe McFarland and Senior Vice President of Stores Tony Hurst were at the ceremony.
“I’m proud of our dedicated associates at J.C. Penney in The Mall at Barnes Crossing who received this special recognition,” said Hurst. “The Founder’s Award is the company’s highest honor, recognizing top-performing leaders that significantly contribute to the success of J.C. Penney and provide customers with an unmatched shopping experience. We look forward to another exceptional year serving the customers in Tupelo.”
The company’s Founder’s Award is presented to general and district managers for leading teams that deliver strong results in the areas of financial performance, customer and client service and business expertise.
The Tupelo store in The Mall at Barnes Crossing has no doubt benefited from the unfortunate closing of area J.C. Penney locations last year. Five Mississippi J.C. Penney stores were among the 138 stores nationwide that the company announced in early 2017 that it would close, including Columbus, Corinth, Greenville, Meridian and Oxford locations. The last stores closed in July
The Tupelo store last year added an appliance section. In 2011, it underwent a $1.5 million renovation, and a year later, a 1,700-square-foot Sephora location opened inside the store.