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Lands' End CEO Expects Sears Business to 'Go Away'

By PHIL WAHBA January 9, 2018

Add Lands’ End (LE, -0.80%)CEO Jerome Griffith to the list of people not banking on Sears’ future.

The clothing maker, best known for its kids’ uniforms and outdoor clothing, plans to open as many as 60 of its own stores in the next five years, up from a current count of about 14 globally, to reduce its reliance on Sears (SHLD, -8.77%), its one-time sister company whose sales are in free fall.

As of now, Lands’ End has shops at 180 Sears stores, down from 227 two years ago, and Griffith is not holding his breath for things to get better there,

“It’s our expectation that our Sears business at a point in time will go away and that we’ll be talking directly to the consumer through our own stores,” Griffith said on Monday at the ICR investor conference. Online sales and direct sales represent the lion’s share of Lands’ End total revenue but retail remains a key source of business.

Sears Holdings (SHLD, -8.77%), which bought Lands’ End in 2002 for about $2 billion and then spun it off in 2014 as part of the bid to raise much needed cash, last week announced the closing of 103 Sears and Kmart stores, and last year admitted in its annual report that many had doubts about its future viability. Comparable sales declines have grown worse of late.

The trickle-down effect on Lands’ End has been brutal: revenues fell in each of its last five full fiscal years though Wall Street expects sales to tick up slightly to $1.36 billion in the fiscal year ending later this months. And Griffith laid out his plan for Lands’ End to get up to between $1.8 billion and $2 billion within five years.

Before becoming part of Sears, a deal that at the time promised to vastly expand Lands’ End distribution, the company was innovative. “That kind of went away during the ownership of Sears,” he said but noted Lands’ End can be a pioneer again. He touted its recent partnership with the Weather Channel, whose meteorologists are clad in Lands’ End gear, as well as a new contract with Delta (DAL, -0.93%) to which it is providing uniforms.

Griffith, who took the reins last year after his predecessor’s attempts to take Lands’ End more upscale bombed, makes it clear the company will takes it fate in its own hands.

“We will not be relying on Sears in the future for growth fur us,” he said. “We’ll be relying on ourselves.”

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LOL, Eddie has been buying up Lands End all over again.

Check the market records, RBS partners (owned by Eddie Lampert and ESL) has been slowly buying back LE, this article makes no sense. Eddie owns 40% or more of Lands End through RBS, and more through SHLD and his personal holdings.

Eddie BOUGHT 3,000,000 shares of LE in 2017 with his personal money, that on top of RBS and on top of SHLD holdings. Follow the money people.


Look it up yourself, you guys just don't get how the game is played, do you?

Look, if you have any money, even $600, buy some SHLD stock, do it ASAP and make some money.

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Lands end is moving from our store to another larger owned sears store

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Lands End is busy, but not that busy sorry.

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Go apply now

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I sorta almost envy Lands' End associates a little then. They tell us Sears/Kmart people that we can apply for another store, but what's the point if they're just going to close at some point, too. But if Lands' End can open independent stores and make it on its own, then maybe their associates working within Sears might have a better place to move on to at some point if they wanted to stay with Lands' End.

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