Foot Locker Inc. is shopping for two smaller retailers for a complete of roughly $1.1 billion in separate money offers, as the corporate appears to develop its attain past U.S. purchasing malls.
The New York-based firm Monday introduced the acquisitions of athletic retailer WSS for $750 million and Atmos, a Japan-based streetwear and sneaker store, for $360 million. The Wall Road Journal earlier reported Foot Locker was shut to creating each offers.
The acquisition of Los Angeles-based WSS, which generated $425 million in income in 2020, offers Foot Locker entry to a big Latino buyer base, an vital and fast-growing demographic, Foot Locker executives mentioned.
The deal “strengthens the strategic imperatives that we’ve got to unfold our enterprise and discover new prospects and new shopper markets,” Foot Locker CEO Richard Johnson mentioned in an interview. The offers are anticipated to shut within the third quarter of this yr.
Further brick and mortar areas are probably in the way forward for each manufacturers, which is able to proceed to function below their current names, he mentioned. “We completely imagine that there are underserved markets within the U.S. that we’ll have the ability to develop WSS into,” Mr. Johnson mentioned. “Atmos is generally a digitally-led enterprise, however we imagine each nice metropolis has a sneaker market that may very well be the situation of an Atmos retailer sooner or later.”