Apple Retail Visionary Heads To J.C. Penney -- Excited?

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News Posted: Fri, Jun 17 2011 2:32 AM
What does Apple have to do with J.C. Penney? Not a lot, on the surface. But this week, the two are crossing paths in an odd way. J.C. Penney has just named Ron Johnson as their next Chief Executive Officer, and it could mean big, big things for their stores. Ron isn't nearly as well-known in the mainstream as someone like Mr. Ive or Mr. Jobs, but he made a huge impact on Apple. He's credited with dreaming up the Genius Bar and many of the subtleties within the Apple retail store universe, and these stores are obviously pulling in tons of cash from folks who just stop in for a glance.

If anyone knows how to run a retail shop, it's Apple. And that's largely because of Ron. Now, he'll be able to showcase those talents at a very different store. But the clothing industry isn't totally new for Ron; he came to Apple form Target, so he's been on this playing field before. Ron will be taking over starting November 1st, and he'll also join the Company's board of directors. He'll leave his VP post at Apple, and we suspect this movement will be interesting on two fronts. One: will the expansion of Apple retail stores continue on like they have been, or will we see the layout tweaked? And two: will J.C. Penney stores become the next greatest thing in retail?
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I think this could mean big things for J.C. Penny and major store resets. But for Apple I don't think much will change if anything they know they have a winning formula as is. So anyone else coming in to take his position would be an idiot to change much. My family does not shop at J.C. Penny very often but I think it will be very interesting to see where they are at the beginning of 2012 after the holiday season. November 1st puts him in the position to push some changes through for the major holiday buying season but I believe that we will likely see more changes after as well.

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rrplay replied on Fri, Jun 17 2011 11:10 PM

not to sure about this ,,, but has anyone seem some sporty shirts with an little Apple applique instead of a lizard or something ? I dunno have not been in a JC Penny for quite some time.. not much need to change the formula that appears to working quite well with the Apple stores, plenty of iSheep appear to be happy ! some may need to shop in JC Penny for the shirts.

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