Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Extraordinary and Unusual Items

Extraordinary and Unusual Items
3 Months Ended
May 02, 2020
Unusual or Infrequent Items, or Both [Abstract]  
Global COVID-19 Pandemic
2.  Global COVID-19 Pandemic
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic related to the rapidly growing outbreak of a novel strain of coronavirus (COVID-19). The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the economic conditions in the U.S. and globally. The Company announced the temporary closing of all stores effective March 19, 2020, along with most of its supply chain facilities; however, we continued to operate jcp.com and fulfill orders via three eCommerce fulfillment centers.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Company has taken many additional measures to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic’s financial impact and increase financial flexibility, including, but not limited to:

Borrowed $1.25 billion from the 2017 Credit Facility;
Furloughed substantially all store associates and substantial numbers of distribution and home office associates;
Suspended all new hiring except for eCommerce fulfillment centers;
Suspended all 2020 merit pay increases and 2020 incentive cash bonus programs;
Suspended capital spending;
Extended payment terms with merchandise and non-merchandise suppliers for up to 60 days; and,
Suspended non-essential discretionary SG&A spending.

The COVID-19 pandemic has, and continues to have, a material impact on the Company’s business operations, financial position, liquidity, capital resources and results of operations, including the Company’s filing of the Chapter 11 Cases on May 15, 2020 (see Notes 1 and 14). Because it is impossible to predict the effect and ultimate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, or the outcome of the Chapter 11 Cases, current financial information may not be indicative of future operating results.
In late April 2020, the Company began re-opening stores with limited operating hours. The Company re-opened 11 stores in fiscal April, 464 stores in fiscal May and 366 stores in fiscal June. All open stores and facilities have implemented enhanced safety procedures and enhanced cleaning protocols to protect the health of our customers and associates. In June, the Company announced that it would be permanently closing up to 167 stores, of which 152 stores have currently been identified for closure in 2020. The Company has commenced closing sales in the majority of these locations and expects all 152 stores to close by the end of September 2020.