Footstar, Inc., was a shoe retailer that was headquartered in Mahwah, New Jersey. The company was traded under the symbol “FTAR” on the Pink Sheets. In April 2012, Footstar was merged into Xstelos Holdings, Inc.[1]

Footstar, Inc.
HeadquartersMahwah, New Jersey, U.S.
Number of employees
1,398 (2005)


Footstar was spun off from the Melville Corporation in 1996 as part of that corporation's reorganization of all of its operating divisions including Marshall's, KB Toys, This End Up, and Linens 'n Things. After the spinoff and/or sale of all of its divisions other than CVS Pharmacy, Melville changed its name to CVS Corporation and relocated its headquarters to Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Footstar originally consisted of three former Melville divisions: family footwear retailer Thom McAn, athletic shoe retailer FootAction USA, and Meldisco, which operated footwear departments inside department and discount stores, primarily Kmart.[2] After closing down its Thom McAn division, Footstar retained its rights to the Thom McAn shoe brand. The Thom McAn brand and the Kmart footwear departments are now owned and operated by Sears Brands, LLC. In 2000, Footstar acquired the shoe retailer Just for Feet, which had filed for bankruptcy.[3]

Financial difficultiesEdit

The company entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy in March 2004, during which the Just for Feet chain was shut down[4] and FootAction USA was sold to Foot Locker Inc.[5] Footstar emerged from bankruptcy on February 6, 2006.

Under a July 2005 agreement with Kmart owner Sears Holdings, Footstar agreed to continue operating stores within Kmart until December 31, 2008, at which point Footstar was to sell the remaining inventory to Kmart at book value.[6] In April 2008, Sears Holdings agreed to obtain Footstar's intellectual property as well, including the Thom McAn brand name.[7]

Pharmaceutical acquisitionEdit

In January 2011, Footstar announced that it was acquiring CPEX Pharmaceuticals Inc. The acquisition was made through FCB I Acquisition Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of FCB I Holdings Inc., which was owned 80.5% by Footstar Corporation and 19.5% by an unaffiliated investment holding company.[8]


  1. ^ (12 November 2013) Xstelos Holdings, Inc. Third Quarter 2012 Report on Form 10-Q, US Securities and Exchange Commission, Retrieved 20 February 2013
  2. ^ Footstar, Incorporated
  3. ^ FOOTSTAR PLANS TO PICK UP SOME ASSETS OF JUST FOR FEET, The New York Times, February 17. 2000
  4. ^ The other shoe drops at Just for Feet chain Archived 2005-05-05 at the Wayback Machine, San Diego Union-Tribune, March 31, 2004
  5. ^ COURT APPROVES SALE OF 353 STORES TO FOOT LOCKER, The New York Times, April 22, 2004
  6. ^ "Footstar, Sears end contract dispute". Bloomberg. Chicago Tribune. July 9, 2005. Retrieved 2014-03-28.
  7. ^ "INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PURCHASE AGREEMENT". Law Insider. April 3, 2008. Retrieved 2014-03-28.
  8. ^ Footstar Announces Agreement To Acquire CPEX Pharmaceuticals in Transaction Valued at $76.6M (press release), BioSpace, January 4, 2011.

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