Daily Archives: May 17, 2020

J. C. Penney

The news that Penneys has finally filed for bankruptcy took me back to my childhood, again.

A regular destination on a weekend evening — Blue Ridge Mall. That mall itself is now gone too.

The mall was anchored by Penneys on one end, Montgomery Ward in the middle, and Stix Baer & Fuller at the other.

And Penneys is where we bought clothes and shoes. This was a firmly middle-class store for a firmly middle-class family.

J.C. Penney was a Missourian, born in Hamilton. He died in 1971, the year we moved to Lee’s Summit. His grave is in same cemetery as Louis Comfort Tiffany and Leonard Bernstein.