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Foot Locker, Inc. history, profile and corporate video

 Foot Locker, Inc. operates as a global retailer of athletically inspired shoes and apparel. The company operates through two segments: Athletic Stores and Direct-to-Customers. The Athletic Stores segment operates athletic footwear and apparel stores under various brands, which includes Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Champs Sports, Footaction and CCS. Foot Locker is a leading global athletic footwear and apparel retailer. Its stores offer the latest in athletically-inspired performance products, manufactured primarily by the athletic brands. Foot Locker offers products for a wide variety of activities including basketball, running, and training. Lady Foot Locker is a U.S. retailer of athletic footwear, apparel, and accessories for active women. Kids Foot Locker is an athletic retailer that offers the largest selection of brand-name athletic footwear, apparel and accessories for children. Footaction is a national athletic footwear and apparel retailer. Champs Sports is one of the largest mall-based specialty athletic footwear and apparel retailers in North America. Its product categories include athletic footwear and apparel, and sport-lifestyle inspired accessories. The Direct-to-Customers segment sells athletic footwear, apparel, and equipment, through its affiliates, including Eastbay, Inc., directly to customers through its internet websites, mobile, devices and catalog channels. Foot Locker was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

“Foot Locker History

In 1963, the F.W. Woolworth Company purchased the Kinney Shoe Corporation and operated it as a subsidiary. In the 1960s, Kinney branched into specialty shoe stores, including Stylco in 1967, Susie Casuals in 1968, and Foot Locker on September 12, 1974 (in Puente Hills Mall in City of Industry, Calif.).

Woolworth also diversified its portfolio of specialty stores in the 1980s, including Afterthoughts, Northern Reflections, Rx Place, and Champs Sports. By 1989, the company was pursuing an aggressive strategy of multiple specialty store formats targeted at enclosed shopping malls. The idea was that if a particular concept failed at a given mall, the company could quickly replace it with a different concept. The company aimed for 10 stores in each of the country’s major shopping malls, but this never came to pass as Woolworth never developed that many successful specialty store formats.

In 1988, the F.W. Woolworth Company incorporated a separate company called the Woolworth Corporation in the state of New York. The Woolworth Corporation was responsible for the operations of the Foot Locker stores, among the other specialty chains operated by Woolworth’s. One of its first moves was the acquisition of Champs Sports and to rename itself the Woolworth Athletic Group.

During the 1980s and 1990s, the F.W. Woolworth Company’s flagship department store chain fell into decline, ultimately culminating in the closure of the last stores operating under the name of Woolworth’s in the United States in 1997. Deciding to continue aggressive expansion into the athletic business in the following years, the company acquiredEastbay in 1997, which was the largest athletic catalog retailer in the United States, as well as subsequent purchases of regional storefront retailers Sporting Goods (purchased in 1997) and The Athletic Fitters (purchased in 1998). After 1997, Wal-Mart replaced Woolworth in the Dow Jones average. The Woolworth Corporation remained the parent company of Foot Locker, and in 1998 it changed its name to “Venator Group, Inc.” By the 1990s, Foot Locker was responsible for more than 70 percent of Kinney Shoe Corp. sales, while traditional shoe retailer Kinney was in decline. Venator announced the shuttering of the remaining Kinney Shoe and Footquarters stores on September 16, 1998.

On February 12, 1999, A federal jury in Austin awarded $341,000 Thursday to a former Foot Locker shoe store manager who said the company systematically discriminated against its African American employees by offering more opportunities for promotions to white managers.

As the “Foot Locker” brand had become the Woolworth/Venator company’s top-performing line, on November 2, 2001, Venator changed its name to Foot Locker, Inc. On November 19, 2004, Foot Locker announced that its quarterly profit rose 19 percent, helped by stronger sales.

In 2004, Foot Locker acquired the Footaction USA brand and approximately 350 stores from Footstar for $350 million. On April 14, 2004, Foot Locker Inc. announced that it agreed to buy about 350 Footaction stores from bankrupt Footstar Inc. for $160 million to expand in urban areas.

On January 10, 2005, the company announced that Nick Grayston was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer of its Foot Locker U.S. division, succeeding Tim Finn who retired from the company.

In 2007, Foot Locker joined with schoolPAX to launch the Foot Locker School Rewards Program, designed to provide charitable donations to schools who sign up and shop at Foot Locker with a custom-coded keytag or school code.

In 2011, Foot Locker joined Do Something for the Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program, which honors high school athletes for demonstrating academic excellence as well as flexing their hearts on their sports team and in their communities.

On June 26, 2012, Foot Locker celebrated their 100th anniversary of trading on the New York Stock Exchange by ringing the Closing Bell for the trading day. The celebration reflects the F. W. Woolworth Company, whose name was eventually changed to Foot Locker.

In 2013, the company acquired the German retailer Runners Point Group.

Foot Locker ranked 446 of Fortune 500 in 2011, and 435 in 2012.

*Information from Forbes.com and Wikipedia.org

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