When one store closes, it’s apparently an opportunity for another to profit. In the wake of the “Babies R Us” chain closing, J.C. Penney is now expanding the baby products it sells at stores beyond clothing. The chain is opening baby shops in 500 stores that are near now-closed “Babies R Us” locations. That brand closed the rest of its more than 200 stores in June after parent company “Toys R Us” filed for bankruptcy and liquidated its business. Starting Aug. 30, J.C. Penney will sell in stores items like cribs, high chairs, strollers and car seats that it had formerly sold on its website only. We doubt the La Crosse JC Penney store will be included, since we only had a “Toys R Us” store here.
We often hear reports about who the current oldest person in the world is, but we thought it would be fun to find the oldest living married couple. And we did! A Japanese couple with a combined age of 208 years are celebrating their 80th wedding anniversary and a Guinness record for oldest living couple. Guinness announced that Masao Matsumoto, 108, and Miyako Sonoda, 100, have been awarded the record for oldest living married couple by aggregate age, after they were confirmed to have a combined age of 208 years and 259 days on July 25. The couple have five daughters ranging in age from 77 to 66, 13 grandchildren, and are expecting the birth of their 25th great-grandchild before the end of August. By the way, Guinness has certified 112-year-old Masazo Nonaka of northern Japan as the world’s oldest man earlier this month. Apparently, Japan is the place to grow really old!
The Brady Bunch house saga continues. Former N’Sync member Lance Bass might have lost a bidding war with HGTV over the ‘Brady Bunch’ house, but he’s still got a shot to be a part of the iconic property’s future. According to TMZ, HGTV privately reached out to Bass Tuesday after he publicly reacted to news the network was the mysterious “corporate buyer” that beat him out in what he initially called a shady deal. We’re told HGTV and Lance are scheduled to meet next week to discuss getting him involved in the network’s future plans with the house, namely restoring it to its 1970s form on the inside for a new TV show. It’s unclear what role Lance would play on the project, but we’re told anything from producing to even hosting is possible … and he’s open for anything.