J.C. Penney coming to Matthews

J.C. Penney coming to Matthews

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FILE - In this May 10, 2006 file photo, a slow shutter speed zoom shows the JC Penney store sign in Christiana, Del. J.C. Penney Co. is closing some stores, outlets and call center locations and continuing to work on an exit from its catalog business in an effort to streamline operations and boost profits. (AP Photo/Chris Gardner, file )

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by Melinda Johnston / The Charlotte Observer

WCNC.com

Posted on January 13, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 14 at 9:57 AM

MATTHEWS, N.C. -- J.C. Penney spokesman Tim Lyons says his company is planning to open a department store in Matthews' Windsor Square Shopping Center this fall.

Little Diversified Architectural Consulting has been hired as architect for the project. A representative for that firm says the renovations plans are out for bid and a contractor should be selected soon.

SC Windsor Associates, which owns Windsor Square Shopping Center, has submitted a zoning request that includes a site plan with a J. C. Penney store in the combined former Office Depot /Furniture Row outlet locations. If approved, the zoning change would bring that portion of Windsor Square in compliance with Matthews new code for shopping centers and allow a small front addition to create an enclosed entrance/lobby to the 91,000-square-foot space.

Office Depot recently moved up two store fronts to free up the space for the project.

SC Windsor Associates has also completed a new entry from U.S. 74, additional landscaping in the parking lot, and a round-about in front of the former Burlington Coat Factory. Last year they got approval for those projects from the town of Matthews, but said they wouldn't start the improvements until a lease was signed for at least 50,000 square feet of space in that part of the shopping center.
 

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