|Wikipedia IP addresses and leaked memos indicate TigerDirect has some big moves for 2008.
CompUSA and TigerDirect have always been unusual bedfellows. Both faced serious inquiry by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and respective Better Business Bureaus over botched rebate promotions. Just months later, in 2006, CompUSA outlined its plan to reduce some of its brick-and-mortar presence. Just one year later, the chain announced it would close 126 of its stores.
After this first set of closures, TigerDirect began purchasing select CompUSA locations, mostly across Chicago. Local Chicago rival CDW also capitalized on CompUSA's uncertain future, building new retail locations just blocks away from marked CompUSAs.
Gordon Brothers Group, the liquidation firm handling the closure of KB Toys stores, acquired the remaining 103 CompUSA locations on December 7, 2007. The next day, the company announced it would close its doors for good in 2008, just after the holiday buying season.
Immediately after, sources close to TigerDirect and CompUSA relayed a flurry of memos between the two companies and a third company, DJM Realty, discussing terms for large-scale purchases of CompUSA property. DJM Reality, as it turns out, is owned by Gordon Brothers Group and handles the firm's real estate liquidations.
Neither company seems bashful about discussing the new retail locations. On January 3, 2008, the IP address 22.214.171.124 added the following entry to Wikipedia under TigerDirect. In late December of 2007, Tiger Direct bought out a select number of CompUSA's stores near their Miami location. CompUSA's Deerfield Beach store has been confirmed as one of those locations.