Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Stockholders' Equity (Stock Warrant) (Details)

Stockholders' Equity (Stock Warrant) (Details) (USD $)
In Millions, unless otherwise specified
0 Months Ended 12 Months Ended
Jun. 13, 2011
Jan. 28, 2012
Class of Warrant or Right, Title of Security Warrants or Rights Outstanding On June 13, 2011, prior to his employment, we entered into a warrant purchase agreement with Ronald B. Johnson pursuant to which Mr. Johnson made a personal investment in the Company by purchasing a warrant to acquire approximately 7.3 million shares of J. C. Penney Company, Inc. common stock for a purchase price of approximately $50 million at a mutually determined fair value of $6.89 per share.  
Class of Warrant or Right, Reason for Issuing to Nonemployees personal investment in the Company  
Class of Warrant or Right, Number of Securities Called by Warrants or Rights 7.3  
Stock warrant issued   $ 50
Stock Warrant, Exercise Price 29.92  
Class of Warrant or Right, Date from which Warrants or Rights Exercisable Jun. 13, 2017  
Expected term 7.5 years  
Expected volatility 37.00%  
Risk-free interest rate 2.47%  
Expected dividend yield 2.67%  
Warrant Purchase Agreement Using Monte Carlo Simulation, Methodology and Assumptions  
Additional Paid-in Capital [Member]
Stock warrant issued   $ 50