Kmart And Sears Merging To Form An Even Bigger Retail Mess

from the ok,-now-what? dept

Both Kmart and Sears have struggled tremendously over the last few years. Neither retailer was able to keep up with a shift in the retail market, mainly lead by Wal-Mart, but at the same time both didn't quite know what to make of the internet growing up around them. In the case of Sears, this was especially tragic, as the company's history was based on being a direct marketing catalog company. With both companies struggling (Kmart recently out of bankruptcy), apparently they've decided to merge. It's not a huge surprise, considering that the largest shareholder in both companies happens to be the same hedge fund. The deal is described as Kmart buying Sears, but that might be a bit misleading, as the new company is taking on the Sears name, converting some Kmart stores to Sears stores and the new CEO will come from the Sears side. At the very least, this is an acknowledgment that the retail world is changing, but merging two companies that have had trouble realizing that doesn't mean they're suddenly going to see the light.

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    Anonymous Coward, 17 Nov 2004 @ 11:28am

    Don't go into the light!

    "...but merging two companies that have had trouble realizing that doesn't mean they're suddenly going to see the light."

    Oh, they see the light. The blue light. But it's probably not the light at the end of the tunnel; it's the other one, as in "Don't go into the light!"

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    JeffR, 17 Nov 2004 @ 2:07pm

    No Subject Given

    Everything I've seen and heard today was that the overall company would be "Sears Holding" but that each of the stores would keep their current brand name -- and that the CEO would be the current K-Mart CEO, not the Sears CEO, although the headquarters would be in Hoffman Estates, IL (Sears) instead of Troy, MI (K-Mart).

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    Dash, 18 Nov 2004 @ 9:13am

    taste of boomstick

    Remember folks ... shop smart ... shop S-Mart.

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    daniel harvey, 20 Nov 2004 @ 3:48pm

    not a retail deal

    this isn't about retail. it's about real estate. k-mart's greatest asset is all the land they own.

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