Thursday, October 11, 2012

This Day in History October 11, 1929

By 718 Bot at en.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

There was a time when J.C. Penney's was my department store of choice, and today's feature was rather interesting.  On this date in 1929, store #1252 in Milford, Connecticut opened for business, thus making it the last of the lower 48 states to have a J.C. Penney store.  This was a very profitable chain of stores that began back in 1899 in Plano, Texas.  I find it quite interesting that this store continued to prosper in spite of the Great Depression, and it was even more intriguing to read about the founder's employee practices.  While in later years, this store has struggled, there are still 1107 stores in 50 states and Puerto Rico.

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