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Sephora Is Closing All U.S. Stores Until April 3

Sephora Is Closing All U.S. Stores Until April 3

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the beauty megastore has cancelled its annual convention, Sephoria, the brand confirmed to Refinery29 via email. "We have made the decision to postpone Sephoria," a representative said. "Given the information we have currently available regarding the coronavirus, we believe postponement is the best course of action. The health, wellbeing, and…
Ulta Is Temporarily Closing All Its Stores To Stop The Spread Of Coronavirus

Ulta Is Temporarily Closing All Its Stores To Stop The Spread Of Coronavirus

"We’ve been closely monitoring and making changes along the way, as we take very seriously our responsibility to help care for and protect our associates, our guests, their families, and the communities we serve," CEO Mary Dillon announced in a statement. "I want to make sure that our guests and associates know there is nothing…
Why Are So Many Stores Closing In 2020? The Retail Industry’s Downward Spiral

Why Are So Many Stores Closing In 2020? The Retail Industry’s Downward Spiral

With 2017 being dubbed the beginning of the "retail apocalypse" (though many kinds of big stores experienced closures before then, ahem, Blockbuster), the downward trajectory for retail continues. Retail sales took a hit in late 2019, going down .3% according to The Commerce Department. It's worth looking at how many stores have already announced closures…
Amazon kiosks helped bring foot traffic to struggling malls. Now they’re all closing.

Amazon kiosks helped bring foot traffic to struggling malls. Now they’re all closing.

Amazon is closing all of its 87 “pop-up” stores, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. The stores, which mostly operate as small kiosks in malls, Kohl’s department stores, and Whole Foods locations, have been part of Amazon’s retail strategy since 2014. Ailing malls, many of which have lost “anchor” retailers in recent years, have…

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