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Vitamin Shoppe goes for IPO

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

VS Holdings files a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission seeking an initial public offering of common stock for the firm, which will be renamed Vitamin Shoppe Inc. According to the form filed July 23, Vitamin Shoppe increased its net sales from $436.5 million in fiscal 2005 to $601.5 million in fiscal 2008. The North Bergen, N.J.-based nutritional product retailer and marketer was founded as a single store in New York City in 1977 and now operates 425 U.S. locations. Following the IPO, Vitamin Shoppe intends to have its stock listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "VSI.

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