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Friday, November 16, 2007

Chamber Asks Penneys To Stay

The Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has written a letter to the JC Penney Company asking officials to reconsider the decision to close the Coudersport store this coming February.

"The letter says the store is a vital part of a community which has begun rebounding since the Adelphia bankruptcy. "

From another angle, the 500 to 600 new hires for Empereon, may have to go out of the area to purchase the business clothing required by their employment if the Penney store closes. Add to that the 176 county and human services employees who will be working within a stone's throw of the store, in the new county office building. And that doesn't count the 275 potential employees that the Taj Mahal could house if the new owner is an employer.

Coudersport and the Potter County is about to embark on a new wave of prosperity and employment. If JC Penney doesn't want to be a part of it, there are plenty of big retailers who would love to locate in this area where they would have all the business to themselves. The void will soon be filled with a big chain store or a local entrepreneur.

Our new Potter County Commissioners have pledged to move Potter County forward. All three are active participants in promoting Potter County economically and esteticlly. When they take office in January, we can look forward to things moving and shaking in the County.
Some information for this story is from WFRM.

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