Retailers, consumers and prices
Sears, the low-priced retailer known for its selection of Craftsman tools and kitchen appliances, is jumping on the beauty bandwagon.
The retailer is debuting beauty departments — called Sears Beauty — in 13 mall locations in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.
Sears Beauty will sell cosmetics, skin care, bath and body products, and fragrances by brands like L’Oreal, Maybelline, and CoverGirl. The offering, Sears says, is designed to help shoppers “achieve their ideal beauty results.”
Sears isn’t alone in wanting to help shoppers put their best face forward. JC Penney has installed Sephora locations inside many of its department stores, while Wal-Mart has reached a deal to sell an exclusive line of Hard Candy makeup in its discount stores.
Check out General Growth Properties’ long-anticipated bankruptcy filing.
Several retailers have filed for bankruptcy in recent months — now one of their landlords is doing the same.
General Growth is the second largest U.S. mall owner, with a portfolio that includes Faneuil Hall marketplace in Boston and Fashion Show in Las Vegas.
The company has been guaranteed some debtor-in-possession financing from William Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital Management.
The company listed total assets of $29.56 billion and debts of $27.29 billion. Some retailers on its list of creditors include Sephora, which is owed $1.5 million and Borders, which is owed $1.4 million.
Unlike some retailers that have been forced to liquidate while in bankruptcy, General Growth said it is seeking to emerge as quickly as possible from bankruptcy with a reorganization that preserves its national business.
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(Reuters photo at General Growth’s Glendale Galleria in California)