JCPenney Welcomes Shoppers to New Store in Santa Ana, Calif.

Grand Opening Celebration Begins at Westfield MainPlace March 9

PLANO, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE:JCP), one of the nation's largest department store retailers, is offering shoppers an easy and exciting way to experience style and quality at smart prices with the grand opening of the JCPenney store at Westfield MainPlace, located at 2890 N. Main St. in Santa Ana, Calif.

The official grand opening for the new Santa Ana JCPenney will take place on Friday, March 9, marked by a ribbon cutting ceremony at the store's main entrance at 8:45 a.m. The store is among seven JCPenney stores celebrating a grand opening on the same day.

"Westfield MainPlace is a premier shopping destination and we are excited to have a brand new store in a well-established and thriving mall," said Rick Rico, JCPenney Store Manager. "This store is a great venue to showcase our tremendous assortment of fashionable merchandise at smart prices, along with a beautiful new Sephora inside. With our exceptional team of associates, we look forward to providing an outstanding shopping experience for our customers."

Store Highlights: JCPenney + Sephora

The new JCPenney store, covering 150,000 square feet on three levels, offers wide aisles and efficient, convenient customer service centers throughout. The new store layout helps shoppers easily locate major brands such as The Original Arizona Jean Company(R), Chris Madden for JCPenney Home Collection(R), nicole by Nicole Miller(R), Liz & Co.(R), Ambrielle(R), SouthPole(R), Worthington(R), Stafford(R), Bisou-Bisou(R), Carter's, Nike(R), Concepts by Claiborne(R) and more.

At the heart of the store is the extraordinary, full-service Sephora beauty boutique. The approximately 1,500-square-foot Sephora inside JCPenney will boast the best that Sephora has to offer, including some of the most desired brands in makeup, skincare, fragrance, and accessory products such as Bare Escentuals(R) and Philosophy(R). It will be staffed by a team of beauty consultants thoroughly trained in the Science of Sephora.

Additional Services and New Paul Mitchell Signature Salon

For added convenience, JCPenney at Westfield MainPlace provides an assortment of services under one roof, including a family optical center; an all-occasion portrait studio; and expert in-home custom decorating services. In addition, customers can place orders or pick up catalog and Internet purchases at the store's Solutions desk.

The store is also one of two test sites for a new concept for JCPenney: the Paul Mitchell Signature Salon. The state-of-the-art hairstyling salon features a Color Bar for mixing customized hair color treatments and offers an array of professional hair and beauty services by stylists with advanced Paul Mitchell training.

JCPenney Afterschool Fund Grants

As part of the March 9 grand opening celebration, the JCPenney Afterschool Fund will contribute grants to the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana which will allow three local children to participate in enriching afterschool programs during the school year. Additionally, JCPenney Company, Inc. will provide each child with a $50 JCPenney gift card for school apparel. The contribution will be presented during the store's ribbon cutting ceremony.

The JCPenney Afterschool Fund, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, was created by J. C. Penney Company, Inc. to raise awareness of the need for working families to have access to quality afterschool programs. The JCPenney Afterschool Fund believes that afterschool programs are an important investment in the future of America's children - our nation's most valuable resource. Studies show that 14.3 million children in the U.S. are unsupervised between the hours of 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. each day, placing them at greater risk of becoming a victim or perpetrator of crime.

Grand Opening Activities

Throughout grand opening week, customers can register to win great prizes, including a 2007 Cadillac CTS(R) automobile, a complete Chris Madden(R) Bedroom Makeover, and a digital lifestyle package featuring a 17-inch iMac(R) with writeable CD/DVD capabilities, Bose SoundDock(R) digital music system, 4 GB iPod(R), Canon(R) digital camera and Canon(R) digital camcorder. In addition, 20 lucky shoppers will win $250 gift cards to be used toward any JCPenney purchase. Other activities include product demonstrations, special discounts for the entire family and a free gift for the first 750 Sephora customers.

JCPenney, which celebrates its 105th anniversary this spring, has proudly served California shoppers since 1914. The new store will contribute approximately 200 jobs to Santa Ana's economy. JCPenney at Westfield MainPlace will operate Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

About JCPenney

J. C. Penney Corporation, Inc., the wholly owned operating subsidiary of J. C. Penney Company, Inc., is one of America's largest department store, catalog, and e-commerce retailers, employing approximately 155,000 associates. As of Feb. 3, 2007, J. C. Penney Corporation, Inc. operated 1,033 JCPenney department stores throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. JCPenney is the nation's largest catalog merchant of general merchandise, and jcp.com is one of the largest apparel and home furnishings sites on the Internet.

Source: J. C. Penney Company, Inc.