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Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler will receive a dedicated shop concept section as J.C. Penney Co. opens renovated home sections in 500 of its stores. (Bloomberg News photo)

Picking up the Penneys

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J.C. Penney's new home department is like Technicolor Oz plunked down in black-and-white Kansas.

Dreamed up by Ron Johnson -- the former Apple retail wizard ousted in April as chief executive officer -- the new housewares emporium features vibrant colors, wood fixtures and other modern flourishes.

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The rest of the century-old department-store chain? Not so much.

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