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The Walking Company agrees to buy Steve's Shoes for $4.2 mn

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Jan '06
The Walking Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Big Dog Holdings Inc, has agreed to acquire substantially all the assets of Steve's Shoes Inc for approximately $4.2 million in a bankruptcy auction.

Steve's Shoes is one of the largest independent comfort shoe retailers in the country. It operates 45 stores in 22 states, primarily in the Mid West, under the store names Steve's Shoes, Overland Trading Co, and Sole Outdoors.

The company features quality brands such as Ecco, Dansko, Merrell, among others, with total annual sales of approximately $35 million.

Steve's Shoes was founded 67 years ago and grew from one store in Kansas City to 78 stores across the nation. As a result of their aggressive expansion, Steve's Shoes made certain real estate and merchandising missteps and eventually declared bankruptcy a few weeks ago.

The Walking Company has agreed to acquire at least of the 35 stores and has retained the right to accept, assign or reject the ten remaining stores after a 90-day trial period.

Andrew Feshbach, Chief Executive Officer said, "This is a good add-on acquisition for us, further implementing our expansion strategy for The Walking Company. We look forward to converting these stores to Walking Company stores.

We will immediately bring financial strength to the organization and look to achieve significant operating leverage and cost savings by more fully utilizing The Walking Company's systems, distribution infrastructure, and experienced management team."


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