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  (Source: Datacenter Knowledge)
Sears says it could move fast if it decides data centers are the way to go

U.S. retailer Sears has a number of locations spread across the country in malls, and also has a sizeable number of standalone locations. Many of those locations have automotive service centers attached.
A new report indicates that Ubiquity Critical Environments, which is the data center unit of Sears Holdings, is currently considering a plan to convert some of its Sears Auto Centers into data centers.
Ubiquity is reportedly currently working with Schneider Electric on a proposal to build and operate mission-critical facilities in a number of markets around the country. Snyder Electric is a provider of data center equipment and services in the U.S.
Initially the exploration looked at converting old Sears and Kmart retail stores and warehouses into large data centers. However, it turned out that many of the promising locations were located near data center hubs that would have Ubiquity competing with existing providers.
Rather than competing head-to-head with the existing providers, Ubiquity changed its focus to look at converting smaller footprint locations in secondary markets. Sears believes that existing Auto Centers would be ideal for that strategy, especially stand-alone locations.
Sears has over 50 stand-alone automotive service center facilities typically located on the perimeter of shopping malls. Many of these locations are between 25,000 and 50,000 ft.² and have ceiling heights of around 16 feet. Ubiquity wants to convert some of these locations into data centers with between 1.2 MW and 2.4 MW of IT capacity.

Source: Datacenter Knowledge

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By Motoman on 11/15/2013 11:08:58 AM , Rating: 2
You say "greedy investors" like there's any other kind. Or, in fact, that anyone would ever invest at all if "greed" wasn't the purpose.

But in reality, it's been a parade of moronic moves by moronic executives that have killed Sears/Kmart. It seems unlikely that they're going to survive much longer...but who knows.

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By 91TTZ on 11/15/2013 2:16:10 PM , Rating: 2
You say "greedy investors" like there's any other kind. Or, in fact, that anyone would ever invest at all if "greed" wasn't the purpose.

There are different kinds. Some are in it for the long term while others are the "slash and burn" type that only cares about a quick return.

Some investors have faith in the long-term viability of a company and want to own a part of it. Others want to gain control of the company so they can chop it up and sell off the assets.

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By Motoman on 11/15/2013 3:07:18 PM , Rating: 2
Regardless, you put your money into a company because you want *more* money.

No matter how you frame it, wanting more than what you have now is greed. Even if it's a moderate, long-term greed.

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By 91TTZ on 11/15/2013 4:04:34 PM , Rating: 2
I think that long-term greed can be good for both the company and the investor. Short-term greed seems to only be good for the investor and hurts the company.

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By Piiman on 11/16/2013 11:44:34 AM , Rating: 3
LOL No wanting Lots more than you NEED is greed. Do you live in a tent? if not then you earning more to move into a home or apartment ,according to you, is greed.

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By ven1ger on 11/18/2013 2:59:25 PM , Rating: 2
That's kind of a strange comment. Of course everyone wants more, how you go about it differentiates the individual. Seriously, did you even consider your comment, is every parent that wants the best for their children greedy? I think you probably associated 99.9% of the world's population as being greedy.

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