Disclaimer: This post covers only issues of interest to fashion doll collectors and should not be construed to be investment advice.
Is Tuesday Morning on the road to nowhere?
Not right now. After some bad years, the company has been profitable for the past two fiscal years and has no debt on its balance sheet. One concern is that it's spending more cash on capex (building, repairing, buying equipment) than it generates from its stores, but it looks like a chunk of this was related to the new distribution center in Phoenix, which is completed.
Additional capex is going toward building new stores in better locations -- while closing the weakest stores.
We had these stores all over the country in extremely random locations -- CEO Steve Becker
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Historically, the Tuesday Morning shopping experience cast a shadow on our great products and terrific pricing. The evidence is overwhelming that when we provide the same product and pricing in a fresh store experience, our business improved significantly. -- CEO Steve Becker
Is the toy section likely to improve any time soon?
The holiday season may be more exciting just because toy sections all get bigger, but... no, not unless a major doll line or two fails utterly, and that'd probably show up in after the holidays.
The chain is getting more focused on "seasonal" and on merchandise purpose-made for them, so look for more pillows and vases and stuff at the front of the store. Management says it's a good time for "opportunistic buying" (getting a deal on other chains' mistakes), too, but I'm less confident of that being a driver in toys when so many other "discount treasure hunt" chains get the same merchandise.
The truly bad news for those of us who rummage through the backs of the shelves looking for obscure finds is that they're improving their inventory system and trying to cycle stock through more efficiently, with fewer markdowns.
|Miss Hanzo toys with the tree as she imagines a world without heavily discounted J-Dolls.|
Nothing is hopeless to the dedicated doll-shopper. I check out the toy sections of grocery stores. However, the era of Tuesday Morning as a center of excitement in fashion-doll bargains may be over for a while, unless they decide to expand their private-label fashion-doll clone line.
|Maybe I need a tree. I need a tree.|