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JCPenney is allegedly investigating whether its construction teams are remodeling stores without proper building permits.
In-house lawyers have been questioning employees about bending rules as the retailer rushes to unveil 700 new shop-in-shops nationwide, reports James Covert at the New York Post.
"'Keep building, don’t worry about the permits,' one senior Penney construction exec told underlings in a meeting this spring, according to a source close to the retailer," Covert reported. "The message was, ‘This project must get done, and if you fail, JCPenney fails,'" the source said.
JCPenney's vice president of real estate and construction left the company last week amid the investigation, according to Covert.