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Brookstone files for bankruptcy protection, plans sale
bizjournals.com ^ | 04/05/2014 | Staff Boston Business Journal

Posted on 04/05/2014 7:25:17 PM PDT by massmike

Brookstone, the seller of all sorts of unusual electronic items through channels including mall stores in Massachusetts, is filing for bankruptcy protection and plans to sell itself to rival Spencer, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Brookstone has Massachusetts locations in Boston, Holyoke, Peabody, Braintree, Marlborough, Wrentham, Burlington and Natick.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: bankruptcy

1 posted on 04/05/2014 7:25:17 PM PDT by massmike
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To: massmike

geek out.


2 posted on 04/05/2014 7:26:32 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: massmike
Cool stuff to play with in the mall and then look for the equivalent item for one-quarter the price on the net. Sometimes I feel guilty about showrooming, but Brookstone is so overpriced that I feel no guilt at all.
3 posted on 04/05/2014 7:29:32 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: KarlInOhio

there has been a Brookstone in Corte Madera CA...

Im not certain its there as we “speak” but it was a couple of years ago.


4 posted on 04/05/2014 7:31:21 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: massmike

They have one at our local mall, nice store, pretty expensive but boy they have the nicest massage chair 3,000+ but nice


5 posted on 04/05/2014 7:31:25 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: massmike

Historically WAY overpriced merchandise.


6 posted on 04/05/2014 7:33:59 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: KarlInOhio
Sometimes I feel guilty about showrooming

Ah, there's a word for it?

I once bought a clock at a mall Brookstone store. The Brookstones seemed to be where tired shoppers would take a break in the foot massager chairs.

7 posted on 04/05/2014 7:35:17 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: massmike
Spencer gifts, whose primary items are sex toys and pot paraphernalia, is buying them. Prepare for a whole new world of massage chairs!
8 posted on 04/05/2014 7:47:38 PM PDT by bramps (Go West America!)
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To: massmike

Mrs al baby got me some sand that is so cool to play with check it out amazing stuff


9 posted on 04/05/2014 8:07:16 PM PDT by al baby (Hi MomÂ… I was refereeing to Obama)
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To: massmike

I worked for Brookstone in Peterborough, New Hampshire, back in the 1970’s. At that time it was located in Guernsey Cattle Building. There were about 25 employees and all did everything. The company was owned privately by the DeLongchamps. At that time, the beginning of the company, everything was all about rare and unusual tools. The magazine that went out monthly to hundreds was very successful.
I and many others, miss the original Brookstone for it’s wonderful tools.


10 posted on 04/05/2014 8:07:41 PM PDT by mojo114 (Pray for our military)
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To: mojo114

Cool but WAY overpriced.


11 posted on 04/05/2014 8:12:19 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (The zombies here elected alcee hastings. TERM LIMITS ... TERM LIMITS)
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To: massmike

Brookstone drew attention in 2009 for firing man for holding to belief in only REAL marriage.

http://www.massresistance.org/docs/gen/09d/vadala/index.html


12 posted on 04/05/2014 8:12:28 PM PDT by massmike ("You only live once, but it does help if you get to be young twice.")
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To: mojo114

“I and many others, miss the original Brookstone for it’s wonderful tools.”

Just like certain retired women’s tennis players.


13 posted on 04/05/2014 8:14:36 PM PDT by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: mojo114

That’s what I remember too. Sadly the company lost its way.


14 posted on 04/05/2014 8:15:28 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Rembrandt

Didn’t Martina have an endorsement gig with Snap-On Tools?


15 posted on 04/05/2014 8:18:27 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: massmike

I’m surprised they lasted this long. They occupied a unique retailing and catalog niche for decades until Internet shopping brought competitors by the millions. There was no place on the Internet for a store that sells extremely overpriced merchandise and carried only a couple hundred items.


16 posted on 04/05/2014 8:22:59 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: massmike

Thanks for posting the Massachusetts story about this worker. I had not heard of it. Disgusting company IMO for subjecting this guy to loss of work for his so-called “thought-crime”.


17 posted on 04/05/2014 8:24:17 PM PDT by LongWayHome
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To: bigbob

Yes it was owned privately for along time and then sold off. When I was there we were it, a very small company, but making money. The DeLongchamps sold out and moved on.
It was a great time. Looking back,I would never have known, that the company would be successful, we just worked hard to deliver products.
There was pride in finding unusual and rare tools and the product manager was German and searched for the tools. For many year’s the Brookstone catalog was something many looked forward to.


18 posted on 04/05/2014 8:32:00 PM PDT by mojo114 (Pray for our military)
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To: mojo114

Agree. Haven’t bought from Brookstone in a while. Loved them and their stuff back in the day.


19 posted on 04/05/2014 8:32:57 PM PDT by originalbuckeye (Moderation in temper is always a virtue; moderation in principle is always a vice. Paine)
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To: LongWayHome

I only hope the trouble making lesbian manager went down with the ship,too. Good luck to her finding a job now! I know I wouldn’t hire her with that track record!


20 posted on 04/05/2014 8:35:51 PM PDT by massmike ("You only live once, but it does help if you get to be young twice.")
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To: massmike

I went to a mall once. It was 1993.


21 posted on 04/05/2014 8:39:21 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: massmike

Karma we hope will get her:)


22 posted on 04/05/2014 11:12:56 PM PDT by LongWayHome
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To: massmike

The last bastion for men in the female-oriented malls. Thank heavens for my Kindle and a good ebook.


23 posted on 04/06/2014 4:40:21 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag ("There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: massmike

Good catch.


24 posted on 04/06/2014 4:56:40 AM PDT by TwelveOfTwenty (See my home page for some of my answers to the left's talking points.)
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