"Nope, I lost mine back in the first round of cuts back in 08-09"
So you're still bitter about losing your job 4 years ago. The inventory problems you speak of having back then sound like a case of poor store management. Perhaps instead of leaving this merchandise to rot in the stockroom, you could have moved it out to the sales floor. Why couldn't you have balanced out some of these items with neighboring stores? Why didn't you make a list of overstock and send it to all the stores in your district? Maybe that's why they canned your sorry butt.
And don't blame the current leadership for building stores "in close proximity to one another". They had NOTHING to do with it.