JCPenney Conway receives company’s highest distinction

PLANO, TEXAS — J.C. Penney Company, Inc., recently honored its top performing stores with its Founder’s Award at a special ceremony held on April 5 at the Gaylor Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas.

With more than 870 JCPenney stores across the country, general manager Molly Beth Pruss was one of more than 90 store leaders recognized for outstanding performance in 2017.

Chairman and CEO Marvin R. Ellison; Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer Joe McFarland and Senior Vice President of Stores Tony Hurst were in attendance to recognize the leaders’ achievements.

“I’m proud of our dedicated associates at JCPenney in the Conway Towne Center who received this special recognition,” Hurst said. “The Founder’s Award is the company’s highest honor, recognizing top-performing leaders that significantly contribute to the success of JCPenney and provide customers with an unmatched shopping experience. We look forward to another exceptional year serving the customers in Conway.”

The company’s Founder’s Award is presented to general and district managers for leading teams that deliver strong results in the areas of financial performance, customer and client service and business expertise.

Arkansas: Walmart plans estimated $31 million in store improvements and Innovations in 2018

BENTONVILLE — Walmart recently announced it expects to spend an estimated $31 million over the next year in Arkansas through the remodeling of nine stores, as we as the rollout of several in-store and online innovations designed to help busy customers save time and money.

The spend is part of Walmart’s total capital expenditures guidance of approximately $11 billion for fiscal year 2019, which was outlined last October at the company’s annual meeting for the investment community and reiterated in February 2018.

Walmart recently reported strong comp sales growth of 2.1 percent for the fiscal year ending Jan. 31, indicating customers are responding well to the company’s business strategy.

The plan is to continue improving stores and accelerating innovation during the coming year to make shopping faster and easier for customers in Arkansas.

“We are making shopping quicker and more convenient than ever for Arkansas families and the store remodels will provide a fresh, new experience for our customers,” Vice President and Regional Manager Amy Corso said. “We’ve had a sharp focus on making the entire shopping experience inside our and online easier and more convenient. Our customers tell us our plan is working.”

Walmart plans to remodel nine stores in the following locations:


Camden – 950 California Ave. Southwest
Conway – 3900 Dave Ward Drive
Fayetteville – 2875 W. Martin Luther King Blvd.
Jonesboro – 1815 E. Highland Drive
Lonoke – 322 Brownsville Loop
Paragould – 2802 W. Kings Highway
Stuttgart – 406 E. 22nd St.
Van Buren – 2214 Fayetteville Road
Wynne – 800 Highway 64 E.

Walmart in-store and online innovations in Arkansas include: Online grocery pickup where customers never have to unbuckle their seatbelt; mobile express scan & Go and Walmart Pickup Towers.