Sephora shops opening inside 200 Kohl’s stores in 2021

Beauty retailer Sephora will open shops in 200 Kohl’s locations across the U.S. in fall 2021, the companies announced Tuesday.

At least 850 more Sephora at Kohls shops will open by 2023.

A representative for Kohl’s told McClatchy News that the first 200 “Sephora at Kohl’s locations will be selected based on existing Sephora store proximity, market opportunity and customer insights.”

Sephora shops will replace Kohl’s current beauty department.

The Sephora at Kohl’s shops will occupy 2,500 square feet at the front of Kohl’s stores, showcasing the makeup, skincare, hair and fragrance offerings Sephora is known for.

Sephora products will also be available on, the company said.

The companies say they hope the partnership will draw younger shoppers to Kohl’s and introduce Sephora to a new group of customers who may not live near one of the beauty retailer’s 500 U.S. stores.

Kohl’s has 1,150 locations in 49 states.

“Our partnership will be built on expanding our complementary reach and scale in-store and online, creating customer-centric, prestige experiences, collaborating on new innovations, and living our shared values,” Jean-André Rougeot, President & CEO of Sephora Americas, said in the release. “We fully believe Kohl’s is the ideal partner to bring this vision to life.”

“The Kohl’s and Sephora partnership will bring a transformational, elevated beauty experience to Kohl’s from the top global name in beauty,” Michelle Gass, Kohl’s chief executive officer, said.

Kohl’s isn’t the first big-box retailer to launch a partnership with major beauty retailers.

Last month, Ulta and Target announced they were partnering to open Ulta shops in 100 Target locations in 2021, with hundreds more planned.

Department stores used to dominate beauty sales, but experts say shoppers are losing interest in purchasing makeup at beauty counters due in part to the coronavirus pandemic, CNBC reported.

This is making for partnerships between big-box and beauty retailers.

A June survey from analytics firm First Insight found that 80% of women felt unsafe testing beauty products during the pandemic — a key piece of the beauty counter experience.

“The idea of a sales associate spraying perfume on cards and handing them out, and then offering to do a makeover, seems unhygienic or even dangerous to a consumer right now,” Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, co-founder of Glamsquad, told CNBC. “And even after there is a [COVID-19] vaccine distributed, my sense is the consumer’s view of hygiene and shopping for beauty is going to change.”

Experts expect an uptick in beauty sales once the pandemic subsides and in-person socializing again becomes the norm, CNBC reported. The anticipated shift toward going out could account for renewed corporate interest in the beauty industry, according to the outlet.

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The NHTSA is opening an investigation into the Tesla Model S and Model X

The NHTSA announced this week that it was opening a preliminary investigation into potential safety concerns raised by owners of Tesla Model S and Model X cars. The agency has received 53 complaints alleging failures of the left or right front suspension fore links. Of those 43 complaints, 11 incidents occurred while driving.

In its statement issued about the investigation, the NHTSA says that the complaints appear to indicate an increasing trend with 34 complaints received in the last two years, with three of them occurring at highway speeds. The agency intends to assess the scope, frequency, and consequences of the alleged fault.

The investigation will cover Tesla Model S cars ranging from 2015 through 2017 model years and Tesla Model X SUVs made from 2016 through 2017. As these vehicles age, they could be prone to defects that didn’t surface when they were newer. As of now, there has been no official statement from Tesla on the investigation.

There is also no indication that a recall has to be issued at this time. Tesla vehicles have had their share of issues with fire potential from battery damage during accidents. Several fatal accidents have also been blamed on inattentive drivers and Tesla Autopilot driver assistance systems not recognizing hazards in the road.

On Wednesday of this week, Tesla announced that it was issuing a recall on over 9000 Model Y and Model X vehicles due to issues with bolts. The Model X also had an issue where roof trim could detach over time, leading to potential accidents or road hazards. Despite the recalls, Tesla shares are booming, having gained more than 600 percent in 2020 despite the pandemic.

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Shopping today? Here’s when your favorite stores are opening and other Black Friday information

Black Friday will be different this year.

But one thing that is still the same is that most people will still be shopping. When they will shop and how they will shop may be different than in previous years. More people are expected to shop online this year. And stores have already released some of their Black Friday deals already.

Stores will continue with the same COVID-19 precautions that customers have become accustomed to for months — plexiglass around the cash registers, hand sanitizer stations, face mask requirements and reminders to stay six feet apart.

Before you go out shopping today or before you shop online take a look at the list below. We have the times that stores and malls will open as well as links to stories about some of the best deals out there as well as a link to our shopping center guide as well as other information.

Happy shopping and stay safe!

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Black Friday hours

At midnight, Old Navy will open select stores.

At 4 a.m., Dunham’s Sports will open.

At 5 a.m., Bass Pro Shops, Best Buy, Cabela’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, JCPenney, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet and Walmart will open.

At 6 a.m., Capital City Mall, Colonial Park Mall, Tanger Outlets Hershey, Tanger Outlets Lancaster, At Home, Big Lots, Boscov’s, Joann, Kmart, Lowe’s (Harrisburg-area store) and Sportsman’s Warehouse will open.

At 7 a.m., Park City Center, York Galleria Mall, Harrisburg Mall, Aaron’s, Ashley’s Homestore, Burlington, Gamestop, Harbor Freight Tools, Kirkland’s, Michael’s, and Sears will open.

At 8 a.m., Barnes & Noble (Camp Hill locations), BJ’s Wholesale Club, Christmas Tree Hill, Goodwill, Office Depot and OfficeMax will open.

At 9 a.m., Shops @Rockvale, 4 Wheel Parts (Carlisle-area store), Community Aid and Party City will open.

At 9:30 a.m., Shoe Fly will open.

At 10 a.m., Mountz Jewelers will open.

For the complete list including some closing times, click here.

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Area shopping centers

For Black Friday opening hours and other information about the area’s shopping centers — Colonial Park Mall, Harrisburg Mall, Capital City Mall, Park City Center, Tanger Outlets Hershey, Tanger Outlets Lancaster, Shops @Rockvale and the York Galleria Mall click here.

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Some retailers have started their Black Friday sales long before Black Friday, diluting the one-day experience that Black Friday used to be.

Whether you’re planning on shopping in person or online, the good news is there are some great deals out there. And there are deals on everything from grills, televisions and computers to tools, athletic equipment, jewelry.

For a list of Black Friday deals, click here.

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Arizona State women’s basketball opening season with 2 freshman starters, new offense

Arizona State women’s basketball will open its season Wednesday with two freshmen in the starting lineup and a new offense.

a person standing on the floor: ASU women's basketball for 2019-20 includes six freshmen, two of whom are projected to be starters.

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Guard Jaddan Simmons from Wisconsin and forward Katelyn Levings from Oklahoma are projected to start against Stephen F. Austin, along with juniors Taya Hanson, Iris Mbulito and Jayde Van Hyfte.

The multi-team event at Desert Financial Arena also includes Virginia Commonwealth and Saint Mary’s in games that will be played mostly without spectators due to COVID-19. Stephan F. Austin and VCU are favorites to win their conferences (Southland, Atlantic 10 respectively) and Saint Mary’s had eight consecutive 20-win seasons before 2019-20.

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“All the teams we’re playing are much more experienced than us,” ASU coach Charli Turner Thorne said on Tuesday. “They have veteran teams and good coaches that normally win a lot. We’re not going to panic if we don’t close out a game early, but it will be a great sign for us going into Pac-12 that we’re definitely going to be ready and on schedule to compete.”

The 22-game Pac-12 schedule begins Dec. 4, at home for ASU against USC. The Sun Devils are playing only four non-conference games, the last against San Diego on Dec. 13.

“If there was ever a season where we could really use our full preseason schedule, this was definitely it,” said Turner Thorne, who roster includes seven freshmen and a junior college transfer. “Our freshmen are as ready as they can be. 

“I’ll be honest, it’s so hard to know how good we are. We haven’t had our normal training. It’s been really challenging. I just don’t know. Normally I have a better sense.”

ASU is unveiling a new offense that Turner Thorne describes as position-less basketball and fits with skills of the tallest incoming class in school history. The Sun Devils averaged 65.5 points (No. 167 nationally) last season while allowing 59.2 (No. 58). 

“The fun thing about our new offense is we can move people around it more,” Turner Thorne said. “With what we’re doing now both in transition and in the half court, we can put any five people out on the court and they should be able to do what we want them to do. Our ability to move people around easier and take advantage of mismatches will be even more effective than if you’re running sets or some of the things we’ve done in the past.”

Maggie Besselink, a 6-3 guard/forward, is coming off ankle surgery and probably not quite ready to play. Another freshman, 6-3 forward/center Keeli Burton-Oliver, has not been cleared to play. 

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