The Man Who Created the Genius Bar Is Leaving for J.C. Penney

Ron Johnson, the current head of Apple's retail stores, will be leaving Cupertino this November to head up J.C. Penney as their chief executive.

Johnson is largely responsible for the look and feel of today's Apple stores, and is credited with their success. Losing him is a blow to Apple, but analysts believe their retail strategy will stay on track. As for J.C. Penney, it's not certain how Johnson will bring his philosophy to the department store chain. Maybe zen changing rooms? [NYT via Mashable]


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Step 1: Jack up the prices of everything 20%.

Step 2: Eliminate 75% of the colors from the store decor.

Step 3: Put samples all the inventory in the store on six little tables in the middle of the room, and all the actual inventory hidden in the back.

What could possibly go wrong?

In all seriousness, a lot of the JCPenney stores around here really could use some work in these areas. A lot of the store decor seems to come straight out of the Eighties, and if it weren't for the fact that most of their competition around here falls somewhere between Horrendously Expensive and Ridiculously expensive I probably wouldn't have a lot of reason to shop there. Could always be worse though (see also: Sears.)