REAL ESTATE

Victoria’s Secret opens in Canada

BY CSA STAFF

Columbus, Ohio A report by Business First of Columbus on Monday said that Victoria’s Secret has officially launched its Canadian debut, opening on Thursday the first of four stores planned for the provinces in 2010.

Victoria’s Secret opened an 18,000-sq.-ft. store in West Edmonton on Thursday. A 13,500-sq.-ft. store is set to open Aug. 26 in Toronto, and stores are scheduled to open in September in Mississauga and in Toronto in October.

The openings come two years after Limited Brands began its international expansion, first taking its Bath & Body Works chain into Canada. Victoria’s Secret’s Pink nameplate has since moved into Canada, and an overseas partnership will take Bath & Body Works into the Middle East.

Victoria’s Secret is expected to take the overseas plunge by 2012 with a flagship store planned for London, according to the report.

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LoopNet acquires LandsofAmerica

BY CSA STAFF

San Francisco Online real estate marketplace and database LoopNet said it has acquired Austin, Texas-based LandsofAmerica, the operator of an online marketplace specializing in land for sale at LandsofAmerica.com.

The LandsofAmerica management team, including its founders Allen Shannon and Jake Massengale, will remain with LoopNet to manage and grow the business.

LandsofAmerica.com generated almost 600,000 unique visitors to its websites in August, according to Google Analytics, and will contribute a significant lift to LoopNet’s overall website traffic of approximately two million unique visitors, also measured by Google Analytics. 

In addition, LandsofAmerica.com expands LoopNet’s overall share of active land for sale listings. 

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. 

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Blockbuster loss widens, reaches new forebearance agreement

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DALLAS Blockbuster reported that total revenues for the second quarter of 2010 were $788 million, compared with total revenues of $982 million for the same period one year ago. Net loss for the second quarter of 2010 was $69 million, or 32 cents per share, compared with a net loss of $37 million, or 21 cents per share, in the second quarter of 2009.

The company announced that it has also reached a new forbearance agreement with noteholders who have, collectively, represented that they hold approximately 70% of the company’s 11.75% senior secured notes due 2014. The executing noteholders have agreed to forbear from exercising certain rights and remedies they may have under the indenture and related collateral documents arising from not receiving payments due under the senior secured notes on July 1. The forbearance period, under the new forbearance agreement, will expire on Sept. 30, unless earlier terminated in accordance with its terms, the company reported. The forbearance period may be extended upon written agreement by the parties.

Jim Keyes, chairman and chief executive officer of Blockbuster, stated, “We appreciate the continued cooperation of our senior secured noteholders and the other parties involved in our ongoing recapitalization efforts. While making progress, this extension allows additional time to complete these complex, multiparty negotiations. To take advantage of its unique multi-channel model and revitalize its global brand, Blockbuster will require an improved capital structure. Our objective is to complete a recapitalization as soon as possible so we are better positioned to focus our attention and resources on the strategic opportunities to continue our business transformation.”

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