A leading global specialty beauty retailer is nearly ready to open its doors to the Iowa City area.
Paris-based Sephora, which carries a variety of skin-care, fragrance, and body-care products, is set to open its Coral Ridge Mall storefront August 2, the company announced in a Wednesday news release.
The new 3,836 square foot space next to Banana Republic, will sell over 13,000 products from more than 200 brands, including Bumble and bumble, Hourglass, Josie Maran, Kat Von D, Marc Jacobs, Philosophy and Stella McCartney.
The first 100 customers to show up at the store’s grand opening event will have a chance to snag store gift valued up to $100.
The Coralville location is the company’s third in Iowa, and will be open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sephora also operates two locations West Des Moines: at Jordan Creek Town Center and inside the JC Penney at Valley West Mall.
A 2011 Divaris Real Estate survey commissioned by Iowa City and the University of Iowa asked UI students, faculty, and staff, as well as local residents, about their retail needs.
The survey revealed the top retail venues where the three consumer groups shopped were Coral Ridge Mall at 82 percent, Coralville free-standing retail stores at 73 percent, downtown Iowa City at 71.5 percent, and the Internet at 71.4 percent.
Coral Ridge Mall opened in 1998; it is owned and managed by Chicago-based General Growth Properties.
—By Quentin Misiag