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Global COVID-19 Pandemic

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Global COVID-19 Pandemic
6 Months Ended
Aug. 01, 2020
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Global COVID-19 Pandemic
3.  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. Additionally, subsequent to temporarily closing all stores, the Company furloughed approximately 80,000 associates, including store and supply chain associates, as well as some corporate office associates

In late April 2020, the Company began re-opening stores with limited operating hours and staffing. 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. The majority of our stores continue to operate with limited hours and staffing. As of August 1, the Company has completed the closing of 7 stores and is in the process of closing 146 stores, has commenced going out of business sales in most of these stores and expects the majority of the total 153 stores to close by the end of October, with the remaining stores closing in November. As of August 31, 2020, approximately 18,000 associates remain on furlough.

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. 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.