They used to be a Motley Fool pick. Then the grandson/CEO (three generation family held company-recent dive into expansion)died unexpectedly, and 2008 happened, etc. (Not in that order, but you get the picture-unsettling activity) They were debt free, opening new stores all over completely funded by cash flow from current stores. A nice long term hold kind of play, like Fools' prefer. Then Big TV's didn't sell well, they moved into white goods, and the Fool's didn't like what they saw. I stayed with em, as I've noticed when the fools say get out, if you hang on another year, there is usually a bump in the price for some reason.
I averaged in to about 11 something a share, and held through the 6-7$ doldrums, then got rid of half my holdings at 20. Still hanging on and will sell, mmmmm, like never?
If you call up old posts you'll see more info. They did their research and opened in markets with lots of foreclosure turnover. Places with young people (20's 30's) buying and refurbishing foreclosures, so the housing turnaround and improving economy should help in the long run. I would not buy with the intent of turning 20% in a year, but over 5 years will do all right.
Who wants to takeover a brick and mortar store? I don't know who got Throckmorton's (CEO's family)shares, but they have a lot to do with what happens in the future. So I would say the possibility of buy out is near zero-ish