Vanishing Businesses

 
A Wall Street blogger recently listed a number of familiar business, including some with locations in Evansville, that might not make it to the end of 2011. 
 
Here are the businesses we talked about on the WIKY Morning Show -
  
Office Depot
The company is running third in a three-horse race with Office Max and Staples. Office Depot also has to compete with small business centers in places like Sam's Club. The firm operates on razor-thin margins, while managing 1,150 locations -- which are very costly due to employee and real estate expenses. Office Depot is a strong candidate to be taken over by one of its rivals or a broader retail chain like Target.
 
Dean Foods
The maker of dairy products like Land O'Lakes and Silk has struggled as much as any other large public company this year. The costs of raw milk, butterfat, soybeans and sugar have risen sharply. Dean Foods has also been crippled by debt. The firm's shares were down as much as 60% at one point during the last 12 months.
 
Sara Lee
The company that makes Ball Park hot dogs and Jimmy Dean breakfast foods is already being circled by corporations in similar businesses and by private equity firms.  Media reports say Sara Lee is in the midst of a plan to separate its coffee and meat businesses. If that happens, the new companies may be named Hillshire Farm and Pickwick Tea.
 
Borders
The large bookstore chain is almost gone already. The only question remaining is whether it will be dissolved or sold to a related retailer like Barnes & Noble
 
There are more, check out the article here –