Advance Auto Parts has acquired the DieHard brand from Transform Holdco LLC, the company that now operates Sears and Kmart, for $200 million in cash.
The parent of Sears and Kmart is reportedly set to layoff 250 employees at its Hoffman Estates corporate headquarters and close more stores than previously expected, according to media reports.
Liberty Tax has struck a deal with Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores to acquire the Outlet part of that company’s business as well as, in an affiliated transaction, a group of franchised Buddy’s Home Furnishings stores in an all-cash transaction valued at up to $132.9 million.
Just weeks after the announcement that ESL Holding was pursuing the shares of the company it didn’t yet own, Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores reported lower quarterly comps and earnings.
The current owners of Sears and Kmart have reached an agreement to purchase the remaining outstanding shares of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores.
Sears Holdings Corp. and a group of unsecured creditors are suing the retailer’s former CEO Edward Lampert along with several board members including current Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin for allegedly stealing billions of dollars from the retailer.
With the survival of Sears now a settled issue, at least for now, the venerable retailer is now focused on putting its brand back in front of consumers and letting shoppers know the company is, in fact, still in business.
Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores said it received a proposal on Friday, April 5, from Transform Holdco LLC, an entity affiliated with the company’s majority stockholder ESL Investments, Inc., to acquire all of the outstanding shares of the company’s common stock not already owned by ESL and its affiliates for a purchase price of $2.25 per share.
Edward Lampert has resigned as chairman of Sears Holdings board of directors just days after an affiliate of his company, ESL Holdings, acquired the retailer out of bankruptcy.
Nearly four months after Sears Holdings filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the acquisition of the retailer by ESL Investments is now official.
Sears Holdings officials acknowledged Edward Lampert’s winning bid for the company, subject to bankruptcy court approval.