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After J.C. Penney, Has Ron Johnson Given Up on Stores?

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Ron Johnson helped create some of the most popular—and profitable—stores in the world for Apple. Thousands of people still turn up to wait for new iPhones outside the shops he designed. Then, of course, he left to run J.C. Penney and saw his plans to make the struggling retailer sleek and fashionable blocked by resistance on almost all fronts.

Since Johnson was fired from J.C. Penney in April 2013, we haven’t heard much from him. Now a report claims Johnson is starting a retail business that bypasses stores altogether: “[A] high-end, on-demand delivery service for gadgets.” Apparently he has recruited some former Apple executives to help him with the plan.