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The Home Depot Introduces Home Decor Catalog

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Chicago, The Home Depot is aiming to attract more female customers and soften up its image with its new catalog-only home decor business, according to a report by The Chicago Tribune. The Home Depot Direct catalog features merchandise vignettes and has Pottery Barn-like overtones. The similarities were acknowledged by Harvey Seegers, president of Home Depot Direct.

“I wouldn’t say we are trying to create the Williams-Sonoma (Pottery Barn’s parent) look and feel, but it is designed to be a high-end presentation, the kind that people associate with Williams-Sonoma,” said Seegers in the article.

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Read All About It: A New Retail Renaissance

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An avalanche of change is altering the retail landscape at an unprecedented pace. The bar has not just been raised for retailers—the goal posts have moved and some of the rules have changed. Retail managers must respond to new realities and imperatives quickly, and manage retail innovation more effectively.

For a full copy of the article, “Managing Innovation in the New Retail Renaissance,” visit the Guest Commentary section of chainstoreage.com.

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Kimco Realty, Pan Pacific Retail Properties to Merge

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San Diego, Kimco Realty Corp. and Pan Pacific Retail Properties announced that the two companies entered into a definitive merger agreement Monday. The agreement, which has been unanimously approved by both companies’ boards of directors, will merge Pan Pacific’s portfolio of 138 properties with Kimco’s vast holdings.

According to Stuart Tanz, president and CEO of Pan Pacific, “We believe that this offer by the nation’s largest publicly-traded owner of shopping centers is in the best interest of our stakeholders and represents an attractive price that fairly reflects the value of Pan Pacific.”

Kimco expects to target a substantial number of the Pan Pacific properties for its strategic co-investment programs. Under the terms of the agreement, Kimco will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Pan Pacific for a total merger consideration of $70 per share.

The transaction has a total value of approximately $4.0 billion, including Pan Pacific’s outstanding debt totaling approximately $1.1 billion and $2.9 billion in equity value. Kimco received financing commitments totaling up to $3.0 billion, which it may use to fund all or a portion of the total merger consideration.

The transaction is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2006.

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