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Basis of Presentation and Consolidation (Nature of Operations) (Details)

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Basis of Presentation and Consolidation (Nature of Operations) (Details)
12 Months Ended
Feb. 01, 2014
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Jan. 27, 2012
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Basis of Presentation and Consolidation [Abstract]    
Nature of Operations Our Company was founded by James Cash Penney in 1902 and has grown to be a major national retailer, operating 1,094 department stores in 49 states and Puerto Rico, as well as through our Internet website at jcpenney.com. We sell family apparel and footwear, accessories, fine and fashion jewelry, beauty products through Sephora inside JCPenney, and home furnishings. In addition, our department stores provide services, such as styling salon, optical, portrait photography and custom decorating, to customers.  
Number of stores 1,094 8
Number of states in which entity operates 49  
State of incorporation Delaware  
Year incorporated 1924