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Sephora, Ulta Beauty make plans to open stores in Bellis Fair

Josefina and Robert Nhem shop at Sephora inside a JC Penney store in Fresno, Calif. Cosmetic retailers Sephora and Ulta Beauty plan to open stores in Bellis Fair mall in Bellingham later this year.
Josefina and Robert Nhem shop at Sephora inside a JC Penney store in Fresno, Calif. Cosmetic retailers Sephora and Ulta Beauty plan to open stores in Bellis Fair mall in Bellingham later this year. Fresno Bee

Bellis Fair will soon have two popular cosmetic stores as tenants.

Ulta Beauty has reached an agreement with the mall to open a nearly 10,000-square-foot store later this year, said Bellis Fair General Manager Rene Morris. The store will go into a space near Abercrombie & Fitch and is expected to be ready before the holiday shopping season.

Construction is currently underway in the JC Penney store, which is adding a Sephora cosmetic store that will take up around 1,500 square feet of space. An opening date has been scheduled for Friday, June 17.

Ulta Beauty is one of the larger cosmetic retailers in the U.S., offering more than 20,000 products from more than 500 brands, according to its website Ulta.com. The Ulta Beauty stores also offer a full-service salon and a popular loyalty program. As of the end of January, the company had 874 retail stores in 48 states.

Sephora was founded in France in 1970 and now has around 1,900 stores in 29 countries, according to its website Sephora.com. Along with a broad range of products for skincare, fragrance and hair, the company has its own private label. The company entered the U.S. market in New York in 1998 and now has more than 360 stores.

Morris said both companies have been requested by Bellis Fair shoppers for years, mainly because both offer products currently not available in the area.

“We are thrilled to make this announcement,” Morris said.

These two stores going into the mall are the latest in what’s been a multiyear transformation for Bellis Fair, including a major makeover of the mall itself in 2013.

Despite the weaker Canadian dollar in 2016, Morris said recent traffic is busy with shoppers buying spring apparel. Increased traffic from the south and locally has made up for some of the decline in Canadian shoppers, she said.

Dave Gallagher: 360-715-2269, @BhamHeraldBiz

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