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TALBOTS is an American specialty retailer and direct marketer of women's clothing, shoes and fashion accessories.

At the end of fiscal 2013, the company operated 495 Talbots
Talbots
stores in the U.S. and Canada: 425 core Talbots
Talbots
(412 U.S.; 13 Canada), 65 Talbots
Talbots
Factory Outlets (U.S.) and five Talbots
Talbots
Clearance stores (4 U.S.; 1 Canada). The company's retail operation comprises approximately 80% of its overall business, with the other 20% conducted via catalog and internet.

HISTORY

The first shop, located in Hingham, Massachusetts , was opened in 1947 by Rudolf and Nancy Talbot . In 1948, the Talbots
Talbots
launched a direct mail business by distributing 3,000 fliers to names obtained from The New Yorker magazine. They sold the company, consisting of a growing catalog enterprise and five stores, in 1973 to General Mills
General Mills
. The chain was expanded along the U.S. east coast. When General Mills divested its Specialty Retail Division in 1988, Talbots
Talbots
was acquired by JUSCO Co Ltd. (now ÆON Co Ltd.). Talbots
Talbots
became a public company in 1993 and was traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TLB. The New York City-based private equity firm Sycamore Partners acquired Talbots
Talbots
in August 2012 for $391 million (including debt).

Talbots
Talbots
also had stores for both men's and children's apparel.

REFERENCES

* ^ http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=65681&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1571383 * ^ Primack, Dan (2012-08-07). "Private equity deals: August 7, 2012". Finance.fortune.cnn.com. Retrieved 2012-08-15. * ^ "The Talbots, Inc. Company Profile", Hoover\'s * ^ "SYCAMORE PARTNERS COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF TALBOTS: Lizanne Kindler Named CEO , Press release, Sycamore Partners, New York, NY and Hingham, MA, August 7, 2012

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