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JCPenney Kemmerer (Mother) Store

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Don H wrote a review Oct 6
Kirkland, Washington920 contributions192 helpful votes
We stopped here to buy some Levis but unfortunately they did not have have the correct size for me. What we got instead was a very nice visit by the sales lady that told us about the store and mr. Penny, She was a wonderful ambassador for the town and Wyoming..Thank you
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Chris_G_2008 wrote a review Sep 2020
Salt Lake City, Utah196 contributions114 helpful votes
Interesting birth of history. Not much to see but just to say you saw it is cool. Quick stop on the main road. Walk down the block to see his house.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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mahermusic wrote a review Aug 2020
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This store is actually the THIRD JCPenney store. It's called the "Mother Store" because it postdates the first two stores, which were also in Kemmerer, WY. The first store was a freestanding structure, and there's a famous picture of James Cash Penney holding a sketch drawing of this store. His family lived in the attic above this store. (There's a single window looking out over the street.) In 1903, Mr. Penney moved his store next to the Opera House Saloon, still in Kemmerer, and closed his first store. The building that this second store occupied is still standing in Kemmerer (as of 2020.) In 1904, Mr. Penney closed his second store and moved into a MUCH larger building in Kemmerer. This is the current building, which is called the "Mother Store." While fun from a historical aspect... just want to advise visitors that it's not his original, April 14, 1902 store... (Mr. Penney would never have had the capital to start his first store in a building this size anyway!)... it's his THIRD store.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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ki0ki wrote a review Sep 2019
Williamsburg, Virginia6,339 contributions232 helpful votes
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This was such a treat to shop at the original JC Penneys store. It still sold clothes. It still had the change maker set up.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Garry F wrote a review Sep 2019
Lake Havasu City, Arizona19 contributions2 helpful votes
The store is still open the first ever Penny's store. The house where Mr Penny lived is open to tour. Very interesting and great place to purchase items from the first store.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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