FINANCE

FTC approves Office Max-Office Depot deal

BY Marianne Wilson

Naperville, Ill. — The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has approved the merger of Office Max Inc. and Office Depot, the retailers said in a joint statement on Friday. The companies anticipate completing the transaction after market close on November 5, 2013.

The combined company, which would have had combined revenue for the 12 months ended June 29, 2013 of approximately $17 billion, will have significantly improved financial strength and flexibility, with the ability to deliver long-term operating performance and improvements through its increased competitiveness and cost synergies, the retailers said in the statement.

"This merger represents a new beginning for Office Depot and OfficeMax – one that will enable us to create a stronger, more efficient global provider better able to compete in the dynamic and rapidly changing office solutions industry said Neil Austrian, chairman and CEO of Office Depot. “We remain confident that the transaction will benefit our customers and shareholders for years to come, and will provide exciting new opportunities for associates as part of a global business."

Office Depot and OfficeMax each expect to announce third quarter earnings after market close on November 4, 2013.

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REAL ESTATE

Texas Family Fitness inks Colony lease

BY Michael Fickes

Dallas — Texas Family Fitness has leased space for a 21,367-sq.-ft. fitness center in The Colony, a Cypress Equities development that currently houses Aaron’s and Big Lots!. The fitness center plans to open in first quarter 2014.

The new center will mark the seventh Dallas-Fort Worth location for Texas Family Fitness. Retail Realty represented both the fitness center and the landlord in the transaction.

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REAL ESTATE

SRS hires first VP in Tampa, Fla.

BY Michael Fickes

Dallas — SRS Real Estate Partners welcomes T. Michael McNamara as first VP in the Tampa, Fla., office. A seasoned commercial real estate veteran with 23 years of experience, he will focus on tenant representation, landlord representation and land brokerage services across Tampa Bay and Central Florida.

McNamara comes to SRS from Sperry Van Ness where he was a senior advisor specializing in the sale and leasing of retail, office and industrial properties in the Sarasota, Orlando and Tampa Ba markets.

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