J.C. Penney is determined to become college-bound co-eds’ shopping destination for all of their dorm room needs.

The department store retailer is launching its “dorm shops” in 500 stores this week. The 400-sq.-ft. destinations feature a curated selection of bedding, bath and décor products. Rounding out its assortment of dorm essentials, J.C. Penney also offers mini refrigerators, microwaves, portable air conditioning units, and expanded storage solutions. Later this month, the chain will also feature Packard Bell laptops.

All merchandise is also available online. Since many stores are located within 5…