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Ultimate Liquidation Underway

2/13/2011 07:38:13 PM Eastern
Thornton, Colo. - Ultimate Electronics began going-out-of-business sales this past weekend after a federal bankruptcy court approved the motion on Friday.

The liquidation of inventory, valued at $86.5 million, is being administered by Gordon Brothers Retail Partners and Hilco Merchant Resources, which plan to conclude the sale and shutter the chain's 46 stores by April 15.

The Colorado company, founded in 1968 by Bill and Barbara Pearse, had 65 stores in 14 states at its peak in 2004. The chain was led in its final six years by investor Mark Wattles, who used the proceeds from his sale of Hollywood Video to buy a controlling interest in the business, and later re-purchased it in a bankruptcy auction.

The company expanded into new, non-contiguous markets in the Northeast and Northwest in 2010, but filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month after business soured, bills went unpaid and vendors cut their credit lines.

The retailer quickly moved to Chapter 7 bankruptcy after it failed to secure debtor-in-possession financing and was cut off from its cash collateral to fund operations.
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