Not too many details that immediately affect us in any of the articles I've seen, but I can't help but wonder if this is the shot in the arm ol' Geoffrey needs, or a bullet in his head.
Hopefully this means the current lousy store layouts will be phased out in favor of more user-friendly setups. I would also hope that the new owners will recognize that a good portion of their profits, like it or not, come from collectors like us. TRU has had a sort of love-hate relationship with us over the past few years, leaning more toward the "hate" end of the equation. (For every cool Silver R2-D2, there are a dozen ways I can come up with where the chain has kicked us in the shins, so to speak.)There was no immediate word on the buyers' specific plans for the company's roughly 1,500 stores.
"We look forward to building on the many strengths of the company to make the stores a better place to shop and work," Michael M. Calbert, a director at the famed buyout firm KKR, said in a statement.
It's probably going to be a while before we know how this will pan out. I'd love to see a return to the days of the one-stop shop for every toy imaginable, not the festering rathole with a bazillion Battlefield Earth figures that still aren't marked down.