Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Foot Locker buying Genesco?

Women's Wear Daily says that Foot Locker, which has close to 4,000 stores is planning to pick up another 1,700 or so by buying Genesco.

Genesco has a bunch of shoe stores, including Journeys and Johnston & Murphy, but apparently the main interest for Foot Locker is the hat business.
Foot Locker has previously said it would open a chain of athletic hat stores called "Champs Sports Just Hats" to try to take market share from Genesco's Hat World chain. At the time, an analyst said the hat business had operating profit margins of 12 percent to 13 percent, higher than the average for specialty retail.

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