The Simpsons predicted JCPenney filing for bankruptcy and closing down. In the 2007 episode titled “Please Homer, Don’t Hammer ‘Em”, the Simpsons visit a JC Penney that is closed down after going out of business. A character in the show turned the abandoned store into a makeshift music shop.
When news outlets reported that JCPenney was filing for bankruptcy and closing over 800 stores, the Simpsons predicting JCPenney closing became another strange foreshadowing event in the shows universe. Strangely enough it was the coronavirus that caused JC Penney to file bankruptcy, and the Simpsons seemed to predict COVID-19 in a later episode.