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‘The department store model is broken’: Sephora & JCPenney friction may hasten shop-in-shops’ demise

JCPenney already faced a tough road in re-opening its stores, as the company was struggling to grow sales even before the coronavirus. Now, it has another headache to contend with as it dukes it out with Sephora over its shops-in-shops.

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