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Friday, August 10 2018 08:59

JCPenny is Upping Their Baby Game to Help New Parents in the Absence of Babies "R" Us...

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The birth rates might be down, but contrary to what some might have you think - yes, people are still having babies... even Millennials. With the loss of Babies "R" Us during the Toys "R" Us collapse this past year, new parents looking for a spot to check out the latest in baby gear are finding that there may soon be more places to buy than ever before, and the latest is a bit of an unexpected one: JCPenny. The iconic retailer has had their own share of struggles with evolution over the past few years, but they're still working on it, this week announcing the opening of JCPenny Baby Shops in 500 stores.

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The company has historically offered cribs, high chairs, strollers and car seats through their catalog over the years (most recently at JCPenney.com), but starting Aug. 30, parents can find an assortment of those items in-store along with bottles, pacifiers, diaper bags, bouncer seats and activity centers from brands including Avent, Graco, Fisher Price, Dr. Brown’s, Tommee Tippee and Halo. The 500 locations chosen for the new department are strategically located in communities where a neighboring Babies "R" Us store has recently closed.

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From the Official Announcement:  The new shops will feature updated graphics and signage and will be located adjacent to baby apparel, featuring an expanded assortment of Carter’s clothing along with Gerber and Okie Dokie playwear and sleepwear. Most of the product displayed will be stocked at the store so parents can take home their new car seat, stroller, swing or activity center the same day. Nursery furniture such as cribs and crib mattresses are available to take home the same day in select stores, while the remaining stores will arrange to have those purchases shipped directly to the customer’s home. Coordinating dressers, changing tables and gliders are available at JCPenney.com.

The retailer's annual "Baby Sale" is coming, so be on the lookout for mailers in the coming weeks.

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