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Systemax adds the CompUSA brand to its empire

The downfall of CompUSA has been chronicled on DailyTech over the course of the past year. The news surrounding the demise of the company came to a head in early December when it was announced that CompUSA would close all of its stores during the opening months of 2008.

Earlier this month, DailyTech reported that TigerDirect was looking to purchase a few of the closing CompUSA stores in the Miami, Florida area. More evidence to support this claim came in the form of Wikipedia entries that had been created by none other than employees from CompUSA's U.S. headquarters in Addison, Texas.

That information is now official and Systemax, the parent company of TigerDirect, is indeed acquiring a number of CompUSA retail locations. Systemax will acquire 16 CompUSA locations, CompUSA's trademarks and will also acquire the CompUSA.com website and operate it alongside TigerDirect.com.

"Millions of loyal customers will come to the Systemax and TigerDirect family of businesses through this acquisition," said TigerDirect CEO Fiorentino said. "We anticipate hiring many experienced CompUSA employees, preserving hundreds of store management and sales positions and making us stronger and better in the process."

In addition, all existing TigerDirect stores will now be called CompUSA. "We have a terrific opportunity to continue the great CompUSA brand and establish a new heritage that will extend for generations to come," Fiorentino added.

The acquisition of CompUSA's trademarks and entities will cost Systemax an estimated $30 million USD.



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RE: TigerDirect => CompUSA
By clovell on 1/8/2008 1:17:47 PM , Rating: 2
I've got to say I disagree. I haven't seen a fair deal on TigerDirect in years. The latest processors they have in stock are usually 5-6 months behind other retailers and their prices are 30-40% higher. Changing their name may allow them to shake the image of overpriced and late to the party.


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