Keep JCPenney in Thief River Falls, MN
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Last month, it was announced that JC Penney would be closing 140 stores nationwide. Thus, the Thief River Falls Chamber of Commerce encourages JC Penney to keep our local JC Penney store open, as we believe there is tremendous potential for JC Penney, as a business in Thief River Falls.
Our JC Penney store is a huge asset to Thief River Falls and the entire Northwest Minnesota region. Our store, which is located right on Main Avenue, as well as the intersection of State Highway 1, State Highway 59 and State Highway 32, attracts many locals and tourists to shop locally in Thief River Falls. In our community, we do not have many clothing stores besides JC Penney.
JC Penney is our region’s largest clothing store, as well as the only clothing store that carries men’s and/or children’s clothing. The Thief River Falls JC Penney is most people in the area’s ‘go-to’ store for all types of styles, including business attire, baby and children’s clothing, casual clothing and much more.
Thief River Falls is currently in a growing spurt. We are experiencing exponential business and housing growth in our community. Recently, Digi-Key Electronics, our largest employer in Thief River Falls, announced their plans for a 1 million square foot expansion in Thief River Falls, which would add a minimum of 1,000 jobs and is expected to have an added $500 million annual economic impact. Also, a large workforce housing project is scheduled that will be add a minimum of 140 apartments in our downtown-- only two blocks away from our JC Penney.
In addition, the Chamber is leading an initiative to revitalize our downtown and transform it into a more vibrant and flourishing environment. Last year, our committee, the Downtown Development Association, hosted several events downtown to attract shoppers and our local JC Penney store participated in many of these events. This year, our committee’s focus is on developing a redesign plan for our storefronts, sidewalks and streets. In 2019, many of our main roads downtown are set for redevelopment and we are assisting in those decisions to make our downtown the most business and customer friendly it can be.
We believe that because of the timing of these housing projects, local business expansions, downtown redevelopment efforts, and the fact that many people in Northwest Minnesota depend solely on our JC Penney for their clothing needs, the Thief River Falls JC Penney should continue its legacy of being a vital clothing store for our region and remain open for business; this we implore of JC Penney because our local store truly holds a special place in our community’s heart.
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