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3 Months Ended
Apr. 30, 2016
May. 27, 2016
Document and Entity Information [Abstract]    
Entity Registrant Name J C PENNEY CO INC  
Entity Central Index Key 0001166126  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --01-28  
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer  
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Apr. 30, 2016  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2016  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q1  
Amendment Flag false  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   307,440,466
Trading Symbol jcp