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Private equity firm to revitalize Swoozie’s

BY CSA STAFF

Denver Private equity firm Gart Capital Partners said Friday it has purchased the remaining assets of Atlanta-based stationery and gift retailer Swoozie’s for an undisclosed price.

Swoozie’s filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in April. The newly formed company of Gart Capital Partners and founder Plank-Dworkin plans to begin re-opening up to eight stores in Georgia; Alabama; South Carolina; North Carolina; Texas; Florida and potentially Denver by late summer. The new team also plans to have their online retail operations re-activated in the next few weeks.

Current Gart investments include Colorado Bag’n Baggage, a chain of 30 stores featuring luxury luggage, briefcases, and purses; and Golf TEC golf-improvement chain with 145 stores in 27 states. Recently, Gart sold its remaining interest in Specialty Sports Venture, a collection of 135 ski retail and rental shops, to Vail Resorts.

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Target to help raise awareness for summer food program

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ST. PAUL, Minn. Target is sponsoring the 2010 Vikings Children’s Fund Summer Lunch Program, which helps raise awareness for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program campaign, created by Second Harvest Heartland.

Target, along with the Minnesota Vikings, has pledged $300,000 to the effort. The Vikings Children’s Fund Summer Lunch Program, Presented by Target, has already secured more than 40 additional Summer Food Service Program meal sites, bringing the total number of summer meal sites in Minnesota to more than 450, according to a press release.

 

“Target has long been involved in the fight to end hunger both locally and nationally,” said Laysha Ward, president, Community Relations with Target. “We are pleased to join with the Minnesota Vikings, Second Harvest Heartland and all of Minnesota’s Feeding America food banks in an effort to positively impact child hunger in Minnesota.”

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TRU sales up in Q1, but loss widens

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WAYNE, N.J. Toys”R”Us reported that net sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 were $2.608 billion, an increase of 5.3% compared with $2.477 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2009. Comparable-store net sales grew by 1.9% in the domestic segment, while comparable-store net sales declined by 1.4% in the international segment.

The company reported a net loss of $55 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2010, compared with a net loss of $35 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2009. 

“We are very pleased with our operating results for the first quarter, driven by the team’s continued discipline in planning and achieving sales increases, expense control and margin enhancement,” said Jerry Storch, chairman and CEO of Toys”R”Us. “As we move forward, our focus remains on delivering differentiated product offerings, providing unique value and exceptional service to our customers, and preparing our stores for the all-important holiday selling season.”

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