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Circuit City Takes a Dirt Nap

The lights are going out in Circuit City.

Facing a bankruptcy court deadline to ink a deal with a buyer and no willing buyer in sight, the electronics retailer is closing up shop and sacking its entire workforce. “The company had been in continuous negotiations regarding a going concern transaction,” acting CEO James Marcum said in a disheartening statement. “Regrettably for the more than 30,000 employees of Circuit City and our loyal customers, we were unable to reach an agreement with our creditors and lenders to structure a going-concern transaction in the limited timeframe available, and so this is the only possible path for our company.”

A sad turn of events, but not an unexpected one. Circuit City (CC) filed for bankruptcy in November, and by the end of the year it had already shuttered 155 stores and sacked 17 percent of its workforce.

BlockBuster (BBI) must be thanking its lucky stars it chose to abandon its $1.3 billion gambit for the foundering electronics chain….

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