Sephora to open in mall this year at JCPenney

Sephora, a popular retail beauty product company founded in France, is coming to JCPenney at Columbia Center mall later this year.

Though Sephora is an independent company, it will be operated by JCPenney's in-house, said Chris Smart, Penney's assistant store manager.

"It'll be a great place for Tri-Citians to find quality cosmetics and fragrances," he said. It will in an area close to the jewelry department, he said.

Sephora offers a range of cosmetics, beauty and bath products for women and men. JCPenney stores in Spokane, Vancouver and Portland have Sephora counters.

The store plans a small remodeling project to accommodate Sephora, Smart said.

JCPenney began opening Sephora inside its stores in October 2006. About 155 JCPenney stores nationwide have Sephora.