updated 09:35 pm EST, Fri December 7, 2007
CompUSA bought out
Troubled electronics retailer CompUSA today said it has been sold to investment firm Gordon Brothers Group, ending a significant component of the company's business. The plan will see CompUSA sell off some of its physical stores as well as its company website and its TechPro technical support service. The 103 stores that have remained since the company's previous round of closures will remain open until the end of the holiday season. Key Gordon Brothers Group principal Bill Weinstein will take over from current CompUSA headman Roman Ross as part of the deal.
None of the financial terms have been revealed by either firm.
The further shrinking of the company comes in the wake of generally poor performance against larger firms such as Best Buy, whose size and emphasis have undermined CompUSA's ability to compete. Reports from former retail staff also point to conflicted approaches to store policy, with the company repeatedly changing the terms of both in-store warranties and employee sales commissions. Gordon Brothers has not said when it expects CompUSA to return to a healthy state.