Exclusive: Buyout firm Sycamore Partners in talks to buy J.C. Penney – sources

5 Jun by Vitaliy Dadalyan

Exclusive: Buyout firm Sycamore Partners in talks to buy J.C. Penney – sources

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Exclusive: Buyout firm Sycamore Partners in talks to buy J.C. Penney - sourcesPrivate equity firm Sycamore Partners is in preliminary talks to acquire J.C. Penney Co Inc out of bankruptcy should the U.S. department store chain’s negotiations with its creditors fail, three people familiar with the matter said on Friday. J.C. Penney, which employs roughly 85,000 people, filed for bankruptcy protection in May after the coronavirus pandemic forced it to temporarily close its more than 800 stores across the United States, compounding financial woes that stemmed from years of dwindling sales. Sycamore is weighing acquiring J.C. Penney outright or making an investment in the troubled retailer, the sources said.