Collective Brands, Inc. primarily engages in the wholesale and retail of footwear and related accessories worldwide. Its Payless ShoeSource stores offer footwear, including athletic, casual and dress shoes, sandals, work and fashion boots, slippers, and accessories, such as handbags, jewelry, and hosiery for women, children, and men. The companys Payless ShoeSource stores provide its products under the Airwalk, American Eagletm, Champion, Christian Siriano for Paylesstm, Dexter, and Lela Rose for Paylesstm brand names. It also involves in the wholesale of footwear in various retail formats, including premier department stores, specialty stores, and independent shoe stores primarily in North America. In addition, Collective Brands, Inc. markets its products directly to consumers by selling childrens footwear through its Stride Rite Childrens stores; and a selection of its footwear and apparel through its Stride Rite Outlet stores and e-commerce sites.
BIM wants to make grocery shopping as easy as bim, bam,
boom. With more than 2,700 stores, the company is Turkey's
largest supermarket chain.Known as "the Turkish ALDI,"BIM
operates a similar warehouse-style discount store model and
only offers about 600 products per store, mostly under its
private-label brands Dost St,Homemaxx,and Yuva.BIM stores
also offer toys, housewares, and home appliances.Stores
range in size from 2,000 to 6,000 sq. ft.,and the company
also operates its own trucking and logistics service to cut
costs.BIM was founded in 1995.Together, Chairman Mustafa
Latif Topbas and Saudi Arabian industrialist Abdulrahman El
Khereiji own more than 30% of the company
Stage Stores, Inc. operates as a specialty department store retailer in the United States. It offers brand name and private label apparel, accessories, cosmetics, and footwear, as well as sportswear, dresses, intimates, home and gift products, outerwear, swimwear, and other products for women, men, and children. It primarily focuses on consumers in small and mid-sized markets. As of January 30, 2010, the company operated 758 stores in 39 states under the names of Bealls, Goodys, Palais Royal, Peebles, and Stage. Stage Stores, Inc. was founded in 1988 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
Shoppers Food Warehouse founded in 1949 as Jumbo Food Stores, Shoppers Food & Pharmacy is owned by food wholesaler and retailer SUPERVALU.Shoppers Food & Pharmacy offers large-scale, one-stop shopping to customers in Baltimore; Washington, DC; and northern Virginia under the Shoppers Food & Pharmacy banner. Its 60-plus discount food stores average about 55,000 sq. ft. and offer a variety of products and services, including produce, baked goods, meats and seafood, salad bars, cookware, and prepared foods, among other items. The regional chain boasts more than 30,000 everyday low prices with no loyalty card needed. Shoppers is one of the largest supermarket operators in the Washington, DC, metro area, trailing Giant Food and Safeway.
Founded in 1998, Service Partners acquired some 40 businesses before being purchased itself by Masco in 2002. If you can't stand the heat, try getting better insulation from Service Partners. Through some 55 centers in about 30 states, the firm is a leading distributor of residential fiberglass insulation and related products, including fireplaces, roofing, gutters, shelving, drywall, and acoustical ceiling material. Contractors and home improvement retailers are Service Partners' primary customers. It also runs more than a dozen laminating facilities that produce insulation for use in prefabricated buildings, as well as a training center where contractors learn how to install the company's products.
Champion Window Manufacturing is looking for a home-improvement boom as its window of opportunity. The company makes custom-built, vinyl-framed replacement windows and doors and sells them directly to homeowners through about 75 sales and installation offices in some 30 states. It also manufactures patio rooms, porch enclosures, and vinyl siding; remodels basements; and sells patio furniture made by third-party vendors. Champion Window, founded in 1953 by Alvin Levine and Arthur Stevens as a maker of aluminum storm windows, doors, and awnings, was owned by former executives Edward Levine (son of Alvin) and Bernard Barbash until mid-2007, when a private-equity investor gained control of day-to-day operations.
Kelly's Pipe & Supply Co. was founded in 1960 by James "Kelly" Callahan and G.H. "Herb" Turnbull. It is owned by Pennsylvania-based Hajoca. Why stop at fixing simple bathrooms when you can also make a sea battle come to life? Kelly's Pipe and Supply does both and counts casinos Caesar's Palace, the Mirage, and Treasure Island amongst its clients. The company sells and distributes plumbing products from its million-dollar European Bath, Kitchen, Tile, & Stone showrooms in Las Vegas and Solana Beach, California. Stores also offer fixtures and pipes from such brands as Aqua Glass, Delta Faucet, Kohler, and Price Pfister. Besides plumbing products, Kelly's offers quotation services and procurement project management.
UP&S was founded in 1953 by Taylor Ramsey and is now owned by vice-chair Patti Ramsey, his daughter-in-law. United Pipe & Supply (UP&S) is trying to unite plumbing and HVAC specialists all over the Pacific Northwest. Operating through about 35 locations in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington, the company distributes equipment and supplies for irrigation, pumping and drilling, and heating and air conditioning. UP&S also provides specification and design consulting for architects, contractors, and designers.
Here's a company that's traveled a fur piece from its 17th-
century roots. Founded in 1670 as a fur trading enterprise,
Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) is Canada's largest department
store chain and oldest corporation. Its Zellers chain is the
country's #2 discount department store (behind Wal-Mart
Canada), with some 280 stores. HBC also runs about 90 the
Bay department stores that focus on more upscale
merchandise, 190-plus Fields general merchandise and apparel
stores in Western Canada, more than 65 Home Outfitters
superstores, and Hbc.com. The company also has its own
credit card and financial services companies. HBC is owned
by NRDC Equity Partners, which is looking to take the
company public as early as 2011.
Passion Parties, Inc. gives new meaning to the concept of an intimate party. Passion Parties, founded in 1994, sells sensual products to women through home demonstrations, or "passion parties," throughout the US and Canada. Parties are led by more than 28,000 independent sales reps called Passion Consultants and are designed to be confidential, fun, and educational, as organizers peddle some 300 bath products, lingerie, edibles, books, and sex toys. Its primary product line, RomantaTherapy, boasts body lotions, fragrances, and gels. The company, a member of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, is careful to point out that its products are for enhancing intimacy among couples.
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