Will J.C. Penney stores close Palm Beach County stores?

The quick answer: No.

The retail chain will close only two stores in Florida. They are the locations at the Jacksonville Regional Shopping Center and Palatka Mall.

J.C. Penney’s two Palm Beach County stores, at Wellington Green and Boynton Beach Mall, will remain open.

Shoppers wait in line for the 3pm opening specials outside JC Penney at the Mall at Wellington Green on November 24, 2016. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Overall, J.C. Penney will shutter 138 stores across the country — almost a quarter of the total in just in four states. Nine will close in Texas, eight in Minnesota and seven each in Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Store close-out sales, the company said, will start in April and the stores will be closed by the middle of June. After that, J.C. Penney will still list about 900 stores.

In addition to J.C. Penney, RadioShack, Hhgregg, Macy’s, BCBG Maxazria and American Apparel have all announced closures in recent weeks.

Deal Alert: This retailer is closing its doors

American Apparel is closings its stores across the country, and the sales are already underway in Palm Beach County.

The American Apparel store at the Mall at Wellington Green on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. Photo by Staff writer Matt Morgan
The American Apparel store at the Mall at Wellington Green on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. Photo by Staff writer Matt Morgan

At the company’s store in The Mall at Wellington Green, signs on Monday advertised store-wide discounts of 40 percent.

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The fashion brand, which includes clothing for women, men and children, filed for bankruptcy in November.

Glidan Activewear, a Canadian firm, announced this month that has completed the acquisition of the American Apparel brand and certain assets after winning a bankruptcy court auction.

The remaining stores are expected to close by April, according to the Los Angeles Times.

American Apparel also has a location at the Town Center in Boca Raton.

Holiday shopping: When will Palm Beach County malls be open?

Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season?

Here is a roundup of seasonal hours for Palm Beach County’s five major shopping malls. 122513 christmas shopping 1

The Boynton Beach Mall

Nov. 30: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Dec. 1: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Dec. 2: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Dec. 3: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Dec. 4: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Dec. 5: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Dec. 6: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Dec. 7: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Dec. 8: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Dec. 9: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Dec. 10: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Dec 11: noon-6p.m.

Dec 12: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.122113 met shopping 02

Dec 13: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Dec. 14: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 15: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 16: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 17: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 18: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 19: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 20: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 21: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 22: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 23: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Christmas Eve: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Christmas Day: Closed

Dec. 26: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 27: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 28: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 29: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 30: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

New Year’s Eve: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Gardens Mall

Dec. 1-Dec. 3: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 4: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Dec. 5-Dec. 10: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 11: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Dec. 12-Dec. 15: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 16-Dec. 23: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Christmas Eve: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Christmas Day: Closed

Dec. 26: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 27-Dec. 30: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.holidayshoppingap

New Year’s Eve: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

New Year’s Day: noon – 6 p.m.

The Mall at Wellington Green

Dec. 1-Dec. 3: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 4: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Dec. 5 – Dec. 9: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 10: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 11: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Dec. 12-Dec. 16: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 17: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 18: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 19-Dec. 23: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Christmas Eve: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Christmas Day: Closed

Dec. 26: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 27-30: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

New Year’s Eve: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

New Year’s Day: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Palm Beach Outlets

Nov. 28-Dec. 3: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 4: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. (normal business hours)

Dec. 5-Dec. 10: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. (normal business hours)

Dec. 11: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. (normal business hours)

Dec. 12-Dec. 15: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. (normal business hours)

Dec. 16: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 17:  9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 18: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Dec. 19- Dec. 22: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 23: 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Christmas Eve: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Christmas Day: Closed

Dec. 26: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 27-Dec. 30: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. (normal business hours)

New Year’s Eve: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

New Year’s Day: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Town Center at Boca Raton

Normal mall hours

Mondays to Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sundays:  noon – 6 p.m.

Special holiday hours

Dec. 4: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Dec. 10: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 11: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 12-Dec. 16: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 17: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Dec. 18: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dec. 19 – Dec. 23: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Christmas Eve: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Christmas Day: Closed

Dec. 26: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

New Year’s Eve: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

New Year’s Day: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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Hours vary by tenant. See the holiday schedule below:

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Mall Santas: Where to find the best (and cheapest) photos

Santa has landed at all of Palm Beach County’s major shopping malls.

To mark his arrival, we’ve complied a list of hours and prices for photo packages with the jolly old elf.

The Boynton Beach Mall

Santa will pose for photos through Christmas Eve. Santa leaves promptly at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Photo credit: The Boynton Beach Mall
Photo credit: The Boynton Beach Mall

Holiday hours vary by date. Click HERE for a complete list of Santa hours.

Prices on photo packages range from $24.99 to $49.99.

The cheapest package ($24.99) includes one of the following:

One 5 x 7; one 3.5 x 5; and 2 wallets

or

One 5 x 7 and four wallets

The most expensive (49.99) package includes for of the following

  • Four greeting cards
  • Two 5 x 7s
  • Two 3.5 x 5s and four wallets
  • One 5 x 7 and four wallets
  • One 5 x 7; one 3.5 x 5 and two wallets

The Gardens Mall

The mall unveiled Santa’s “Enchanted Garden photo set” this month. As part of the display, the mall’s grand court has been “dressed up in magical style with boughs of evergreen, decadent, treasure-filled trees, twinkling lights, snow-covered drifts, and festive adornments of red, green, gold and silver.”

Photos with Santa in the Enchanted Garden through Christmas Eve and are available during mall hours.

The mall has also brought back its annual “FastPass” for Santa photos, which allows families to skip the line by scheduling a time for their visit. The passes can be purchased on the mall’s website. For more information, click HERE.

Photo packages with Santa range from $27 to $48.

The cheapest photo package ($27) includes:

One 5 x 7
Two 4 x 6s
Two 3 x 5s

$10 card from Shutterfly

The most expensive package ($48) includes:

Four 5 x 7s
Four 4 x 6s
Four 3 x 5s
Eight wallets
Hi-Res Photos on Flash Drive
Digital Download

$20 card from Shutterfly

For information on other packages click HERE.

The Mall at Wellington Green

Abriana Camargo, (C), 3, of Greenacres, talks with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Mall at Wellington Green Nov 06, 2014, in Wellington. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the mall until December 24th. (Bill Ingram / Palm Beach Post)
Abriana Camargo, (C), 3, of Greenacres, talks with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Mall at Wellington Green Nov 06, 2014, in Wellington. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at the mall until December 24th. (Bill Ingram / Palm Beach Post)

Santa will pose for photos next to the mall’s annual Ice Palace. Every child who visits Santa will receive a cookie plate gift and a special offer from Lion Country Safari to visit their park during the holidays.

The Ice Palace is open all mall hours with the exception of Christmas Eve, when the hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Santa takes short break to feed the reindeer from 12:15  p.m. to 1 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. on Sundays.

The 2016 Ice Palace at The Mall at Wellington Green is described as a “magical, interactive experience for the entire family. Featuring baby arctic animals, guest can make an icy hand print, compare their height to a polar bear, and enjoy a 360 degree visual display complete with snow fall inside a 30’ Ice Palace. The experience culminates with a visit with Santa.”

Prices for photo packages range from $23 to $48.

The cheapest package ($23) includes:

Two 4 x 6 photos

$20 Shutterfly promo card

The most expensive package ($48) includes:

Four 5 x 7s

Four 4 x 6s

Four 3 x 5

Eight wallets

Free digital download

$20 Shutterfly promo card.

Click HERE for details on other packages.

Palm Beach Outlets

Palm Beach Outlets is giving away FREE photos with Santa.

Each family will receive two 4×6 Santa photo prints and a high-res digital download of single image. Additional photos and Christmas merchandise available for purchase. One giveaway per family, per Christmas season.

Photo hours

Now through December 23, 2016
11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday
11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Friday – Saturday
12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday

Photo Hours on Christmas Eve
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Town Center at Boca Raton

Photo credit: Town Center at Boca Raton
Photo credit: Town Center at Boca Raton

The Town Center at Boca Raton Santa Experience offers keepsake photo packages starting at $24.99. This holiday season, guests can also choose a Hasbro toy or a $20 Shutterfly promo card gift with select Santa photo packages.

The mall also allows shoppers to make an appointment for photos with Santa. To schedule a photo, click HERE.

Photo hours

Now through December 3

Mondays – Fridays: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sundays 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

December 4 through December 11

Mondays – Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Fridays – Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Sundays: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

December 12 through December 18

Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Friday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sunday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

December 19 – December 23

Mondays – Fridays: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Christmas Eve: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

 

 

Black Friday 2016: When will Palm Beach County malls open?

Planning to hit the malls on Thanksgiving Day? Here is a roundup of mall hours to kick off the holiday shopping season.

The Boynton Beach Mall

Thanksgiving Day: 6 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Black Friday: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

The first 500 people to spend $100 on Friday, November 25, will receive a free Black Friday Fanatic tote bag.  Shoppers should bring their receipts to the Guest Services table in Center Court to receive the free gift.

112511 (Alyssa Orr/The Palm Beach Post) Boynton Beach-- Shoppers fill Macy's inside the Boynton Beach Mall after the store opened their doors at midnight Black Friday morning.
112511 (Alyssa Orr/The Palm Beach Post) Boynton Beach– Shoppers fill Macy’s inside the Boynton Beach Mall after the store opened their doors at midnight Black Friday morning.

The Gardens Mall

Thanksgiving:  Closed

Black Friday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Mall at Wellington Green

Thanksgiving: 6 p.m. to midnight

Black Friday: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Palm Beach Outlets

Thanksgiving: 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Black Friday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Town Center at Boca Raton

Thanksgiving: 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Black Friday: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.