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Container Store purchased by private firm

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Specialty retailer Container Store has sold the majority of its stock to private investment firm Leonard Green & Partners, based in Los Angeles.

Leonard Green & Partners has major investments in several other companies, such as Petco and David’s Bridal. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Leonard Green & Partners said it intended to keep Container Store’s current management team.

Container Store will take on a new six-member board of directors, consisting of company CEO Kip Tindell, president Melissa Reiff and chief merchandising officer Sharon Tindell. From Leonard Green & Partners, board members will be vp Jonathan Sokoloff, vp Kristofer Galashan and partner Timothy Flynn.

“We’re excited about what the future holds for everyone involved, as we continue to deliver our brand of retail and look forward to making everything about our great company even greater,” said Kip Tindell in a statement.

Container Store has 39 locations in the United States, with future stores planned in Denver and Cherry Hill, N.J.

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Housing starts inch up in California

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California builders pulled permits for 7,164 single-family homes in May, a 2.5 percent decrease from April, according to the Construction Industry Research Board. But in the multi-family housing market, the number of starts totaled 3,574, a 14 percent rise over April.

The net gain was a 2 percent overall rise in residential building activity.

Yearly comparisons were still grim, with single-family housing permits in May dropping 40 percent compared to May 2006. Permits for condos and apartments were down 29 percent in May 2007 compared to the previous year.

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Home Depot will issue sales view update next week

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In light of the sale of HD Supply, Home Depot will offer a revised view of its sales outlook for the year.

On July 10, the company will hold a conference call from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. to update its fiscal 2007 sales and earnings guidance. A webcast of the update will be available on the company’s investor relations Web site.

Home Depot announced the sale of its HD Supply division for $10.3 billion on June 21. The new owners of Home Depot’s pro-oriented division are Bain Capital Partners, the Carlyle Group and Clayton Dubilier & Rice.

Joe DeAngelo, the CEO of HD Supply, will stay with the business, and the deal is expected to close in the third fiscal quarter. HD Supply has made a short-term transaction services agreement with its new owners to help with the transition.

At least one HD Supply subsidiary, Crown Bolt, will remain as a long-term supplier to Home Depot, company officials said, referencing a seven-year contract.

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