Saks Fifth Avenue owner spins e-commerce site into separate business


As department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue try to get shoppers back into stores after the Covid-19 pandemic shutdowns, the shift to online sales may continue to accelerate thanks to personalization technology.

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HBC, the owner of Saks Fifth Avenue, said Friday it will split the luxury department store’s website into a separate business from its stores after it raised $500 million.

It said the venture capital firm Insight Partners has put up $500 million to take a minority stake in, valuing the business at $2 billion. Saks’ 40 brick-and-mortar stores will become a separate business known as SFA, which will remain wholly owned by HBC.



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