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Zhu Zhu Pets Save Toys’R’US

When Vornado Realty Trust and two other investors bought Toys”R”Us a few years back, many of us thought that the deal was simply a real estate play to get the retailer’s many prime real estate locations. But the chain is another category killer that Walmart hasn’t brought down.

This Star Tribune article explains how it’s the last specialty toy chain out there, surviving when KB Toys and other peers couldn’t.
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More Office Depot Closures Ahead?

Office Depot turned in its second-quarter results yesterday, and they weren’t pretty. Same-store sales fell 18% year over year, and the retailer posted an $82-million loss.

Now the office-supplies chain is coming up against what is promised to be a miserable back-to-school season. Many see this period as heavily promotional with major competition from rivals like Staples and discount chains.
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Circuit City: Is There ANY Upside?

Some say there could be for other retailers.

A Dow Jones article specifically points to Best Buy as being the big winner, grabbing up to 40% of the liquidating retailer’s sales. Analysts are saying that other retailers, like Costco, Wal-Mart and Staples could stand to gain as well. So does that mean that centers with those stores as anchors will see increased traffic?
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