Private equity started looking at retail chains last year, but it seems activity on that front is really heating up now that the retail industry is showing increasing signs of health.
California Pizza Kitchen just agreed to sell itself to Golden Gate Capital for $450 million. The New York Post reports that discount apparel chain Syms is looking into the possibility of either selling the whole company or its real estate portfolio.
Meanwhile, Bill Ackman has purchased a stake in Family Dollar, anticipating that it will undergo a leveraged buyout.
It looks like we might soon be back to 2006.