Established in 1902, J. C. Penney is a retailer that operates more than 1,000 department stores throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. The company offers a range of national, private and exclusive brands. It offers a variety of products, including apparel, shoes, handbags, accessories, cosmetics, lingerie, sunglasses and home appliances. Some of its stores feature optical and portrait shops and salons. The company has a professional staff of more than 155,000 associates. It provides the option of online shopping and is one of the largest apparel and home furnishing sites on the Internet. The company also provides various credit options through credit and gift cards, as well as shipping and delivery services of its goods. The company operates a quality assurance department and a call center. J. C. Penney maintains a store in Watertown, N.Y.