Office Depot negotiates to sell off 46 Israeli stores
Boca Raton, Fla. Office Depot said late Tuesday it is in talks to sell its Israel subsidiary to New Hamashbir Lazarchan Ltd. for $47 million, less the amount of the unit’s debt when the transaction closes.
Office Depot (Israel) Ltd. operates 46 stores in Israel. As part of the deal, Office Depot said it would license certain trade names and intellectual-property rights to New Hamashbir, which operates 37 department stores in the area.
Walmart to sell Apple’s iPad
Bentonville, Ark. Walmart will start selling Apple’s iPad in some stores by Friday and in a majority of locations by the height of the holiday shopping season.
The chain will sell the iPad at Apple’s suggested retail price, which range from $499 to $829 depending on the model. It will be available online but must be picked up at stores.
Target began selling the iPad earlier this month and Best Buy Co. has carried the computer tablet since it came out in April.
Dollar Tree moves beyond border
The acquisition of 85 Dollar Giant stores in Canada by Chesapeake, Va.-based Dollar Tree gives the company its first international exposure and a potential new avenue of growth. Dollar Tree currently operates 3,961 stores in 48 U.S. states.
“I am excited about the opportunity to expand our presence into Canada,” said Bob Sasser, Dollar Tree president and CEO. “Dollar Giant is an excellent fit for us. This acquisition will enable us to further leverage our resources and infrastructure to offer more value to more customers. It provides Dollar Tree with an outstanding platform for significant, profitable growth in the Canadian market.”
Both companies are single price point retailers. Merchandise sold at Dollar Tree is offered for $1 or less while Dollar Giant sells for $1.25 in Canadian dollars.
Dollar Tree said it expects to complete the $52 million acquisition by mid-November.