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PriceSmart, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the ownership and operation of membership shopping warehouse clubs under the trade name PriceSmart' in Central America and the Caribbean. Its warehouse clubs sell perishable foods and basic consumer goods to individuals and businesses. The clubs' ancillary services include food services, bakery, tire centers, photo centers, and pharmacy and optical departments. The company also licenses one warehouse club in Saipan, Micronesia. As of November 23, 2005, it operated 23 consolidated warehouse clubs. PriceSmart was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.


Cost-U-Less, Inc. operates medium sized warehouse club-style stores in the United States territories; foreign island countries in the Pacific and the Caribbean; the Hawaiian Islands; and Sonora, California. Its stores feature food-perishables, including meat, produce, deli, dairy, and frozen items; food-non-perishables, which include soda, wine, beer, liquor, candy, snacks, and ethnic and specialty items; and nonfood items, including tobacco, sundries, health and beauty aids, office products, hardware, electronics, housewares, furniture, and sporting goods. As of June 1, 2005, the company operated eleven retail stores. Cost-U-Less was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington.


Big Lots, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a broadline closeout retailer in the United States. The company offers its products under four merchandising categories: consumables, home, seasonal and toys, and other. The consumables category includes food, health and beauty, plastics, paper, and pet departments. The home category includes domestics and home decor departments. Seasonal and toys category includes toys, lawn and garden, trim-a-tree, and various holiday-oriented departments. The other category primarily includes electronics, apparel, home maintenance, small appliances, and tools. As of February 3, 2007, Big Lots operated 1,375 stores in 47 states. The company was founded in 1967 and is based in Columbus, Ohio.


Dollar Tree Stores, Inc. engages in the ownership and operation of discount variety stores in the United States. The company offers merchandise, which includes candy, food, houseware, health and beauty care, seasonal goods, party goods, toys, stationery, gifts, and other consumer items. As of July 30, 2005, it operated 2,856 single-price point stores under the names of Dollar Tree, Dollar Bills, Dollar Express, Only One Dollar, and Only $One. Dollar Tree was co-founded by Doug Perry, Macon Brock, and Ray Compton in 1986. The company is headquartered in Chesapeake, Virginia.


Costco Wholesale Corporation operates membership warehouses that offer a selection of branded and private label products in a range of merchandise categories in no-frills and self-service warehouse facilities. Its product category includes candy, snack foods, health and beauty aids, tobacco, alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, and cleaning and institutional supplies; dry and fresh foods, and institutionally packaged foods; appliances, electronics, hardware, office supplies, garden and patio, sporting goods, furniture, and automotive supplies; apparel, domestics, cameras, jewelry, house wares, media, home furnishings, and small appliances; and pharmacy, optical, one-hour photo, print shop, food court, hearing aid, and gas stations. The company offers three types of memberships: Business, Gold Star (individual), and Executive Membership. Costco operated 471 warehouses, including 346 in the United States and Puerto Rico, 66 in Canada, 17 in the United Kingdom, 5 in Korea, 4 in Taiwan, 5 in Japan, and 28 in Mexico, as of December 8, 2005. It also operates Costco Online, an electronic commerce Web site, The company was formerly known as Price/Costco, Inc. and changed its name to Costco Companies, Inc. in 1997. Further, it changed name to Costco Wholesale Corporation in 1999. Costco is headquartered in Issaquah, Washington.


BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc. operates warehouse clubs in the eastern United States. As of November 3, 2005, the company operated 161 warehouse clubs, 86 of which operate gasoline stations, and 2 ProFoods Restaurant Supply clubs. Its food products include frozen foods, fresh meat and dairy products, beverages, dry grocery items, fresh produce and flowers, canned goods, and household paper products; general merchandise comprise consumer electronics, prerecorded media, small appliances, tires, jewelry, health and beauty aids, household needs, computer software, books, greeting cards, apparel, toys, and seasonal items. The company also offers specialty services, including full-service optical stores; food courts; communications centers for Internet access, cellular phones and wireless needs; on-site photo service; BJ's Vacations; a selection of garden sheds; patios and sunrooms; a propane tank filling service; and muffler and brake services. It operates in New York, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, New Hampshire, Ohio, Rhode Island, Maine, Delaware, and South Carolina. BJ's Wholesale Club is based in Natick, Massachusetts.


Target Corporation operates general merchandise discount stores in the United States. The company's stores offer men's and women's clothing, home furnishings, electronic products, sports products, toys, and entertainment products. Target Corporation also sells its merchandise online. In addition, the company offers credit cards to its customers. As of October 29, 2005, the company operated 1,400 stores in 47 states. Target Corporation was incorporated in 1902 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


99¢ Only Stores operates deep-discount retail stores. The company's stores offer consumer goods and close-out merchandise. It also sells merchandise through its Bargain Wholesale division at prices generally below normal wholesale levels to retailers, distributors, and exporters. It also carries a line of private label consumer products. As of November 14, 2005, the company operated 227 retail stores in California, Texas, Arizona, and in Nevada. The company was founded in 1965 and is based in the City of Commerce, California.


Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats in the United States and internationally. It has two segments: The Wal-Mart Stores and The SAM'S CLUB. The Wal-Mart Stores segment includes Discount Stores, Supercenters, and Neighborhood Markets in the United States, as well as It offers apparel for women, girls, men, boys, and infants; domestics, fabrics, and notions; stationery and books; shoes; housewares; hardware; electronics; home furnishings; small appliances; automotive accessories; horticulture and accessories; sporting goods; toys; pet food and accessories; cameras and supplies; health and beauty aids; pharmaceuticals; jewelry; and optical, as well as photo processing services. The Neighborhood Markets include dry grocery, meat, produce, deli, bakery, dairy, frozen foods, pharmaceuticals, photo processing, health and beauty aids, household chemicals, paper goods, general merchandise, and pet supplies departments. The SAM'S CLUB segment comprises the warehouse membership clubs in the United States and It offers hardgoods, softgoods, software, electronics, jewelry, sporting goods, toys, tires, stationery and books, institutional-size grocery items, and selected private labels. As of July 31, 2005, Wal-Mart operated 1,276 Wal-Mart stores, 1,838 Supercenter, 92 Neighborhood Markets, and 556 SAM's Clubs in 50 states in the United States. The company operates various retail formats in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Korea, and the United Kingdom. It operates 261 Canadian Wal-Mart stores and SAM's Clubs, 11 units in Argentina, 150 units in Brazil, 88 units in Germany, 16 units in South Korea, 697 units in Mexico, 54 units in Puerto Rico, and 292 units in the United Kingdom, as well as 48 units in China under joint venture agreements. Wal-Mart has partnership with Diageo plc. The company was founded in 1945 and is based in Bentonville, Arkansas.


Duckwall-ALCO Stores, Inc. operates as a discount retailer in the central United States. The company operates in two business segments, consisting of: ALCO Discount Stores and Duckwall Stores. The ALCO Discount Stores segment offers a line of merchandise consisting of approximately 35,000 items, including automotive, candy, crafts, domestics, electronics, fabrics, furniture, hardware, health and beauty aids, housewares, jewelry, ladies', men's and children's apparel and shoes, prerecorded music and video, sporting goods, seasonal items, stationery, and toys. The Duckwall Variety Stores segment acts as a convenience retailer in smaller communities offering general merchandise selection. As of October 30, 2005, the company operated 250 stores in 21 states in the central United States. Duckwall-ALCO Stores was founded by A. L. Duckwall in 1901 and is based in Abilene, Kansas.


Family Dollar Stores, Inc. operates a chain of self service retail store in the United States. The company's stores offer various hardlines and softlines merchandise. Its hardlines merchandise include household chemical and paper products; candy, snack, and other food; health and beauty aids; electronics, housewares, and giftware; pet food and supplies; toys, stationery, and school supplies; seasonal goods; and hardware and automotive supplies. The company's softlines merchandise includes clothing, shoes, and domestic items, such as blankets, sheets, and towels. As of June 2, 2005, it operated approximately 5,600 stores in 44 states and in the District of Columbia. Family Dollar Stores was organized in 1959 and is based in Charlotte, North Carolina.


Fred's, Inc. and its subsidiaries, through retail discount stores and pharmacies, sell general merchandise. The company offers approximately 12,000 frequently purchased items for everyday needs of the customers, including pharmaceuticals, household goods, apparel and linens, food and tobacco products, health and beauty aids, and paper and cleaning supplies. As of May 26, 2005, the company operated 607 discount general merchandise stores and 258 pharmacies in 14 states in the southeastern United States. The company also sells general merchandise to its 25 franchised Fred's stores. Fred's was founded in 1947 and is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee.


Tuesday Morning Corporation operates as a closeout retailer of upscale home furnishings, gifts, and related items in the United States. Its merchandise primarily consists of lamps, rugs, crystal, dinnerware, silver serving pieces, gourmet housewares, bathroom, bedroom and kitchen accessories, linens, luggage, Christmas trim, toys, stationery, and silk plants. As of March 31, 2005, the company operated 673 stores in the United States. The company was incorporated in 1991 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.