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A Vision

Our vision is clear: We Are Entertainment.

More than 40 years since its founding, Trans World Entertainment continues to set the pace in retail entertainment – adapting, innovating and anticipating the needs of our customers.

This vision is demonstrated by our ever-expanding array of music, movies, games, trend and other related products. We sell the sounds, sights, experiences and collectibles that people love. We are truly a total entertainment retailer and will continue to evolve our product mix to capitalize on growth opportunities in the marketplace.

This vision is reflected in our national store brand, F.Y.E. (For Your Entertainment) and our e-commerce site at fye.com. Our locations coast-to-coast offer a consistent, customer-centric shopping experience, supported by a best-in-breed technological infrastructure. From our LVS digital sampling system to our Backstage Pass customer loyalty program to the outstanding service of our on-the-floor associates, we offer a one-of-a-kind alternative to other retail store options: personalized, comprehensive, convenient and designed to foster discovery and trial.

This vision drives us to constantly innovate and improve the way we do business. Whether we’re testing consumer demand for custom CD-burning and digital download stations in our stores, partnering with elite national brands in synergistic promotions or simply seeking new ways to leverage every square foot of selling space, we continue to be leaders and pioneers.

Finally, this vision creates and maximizes value – for our shareholders, our customers and everyone on the Trans World team.


After decades of acquisitions and growth, change and evolution, Trans World stands alone for one simple reason. More than any other retailer, We Are Entertainment.
Trans World Entertainment Corporation is a leading specialty retailer of entertainment products, including video, music, trend, electronics, video games and related products. The Company operates retail stores in the United States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, primarily under the names f.y.e. for your entertainment and Suncoast and on the web at www.fye.com, www.warehouse.com and www.secondspin.com.

Trans World Entertainment, which established itself as a public company in 1986, is traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol “TWMC”.

Company History

The history of Trans World Entertainment is a more than 40-year tradition of innovation, evolution and success.

Trans World was founded in 1972 by Robert J. Higgins and opened its first retail store in 1973 under the name Record Town, and grew its retail business to 38 stores over a 10-year period — capitalizing on the burgeoning mall phenomenon. In 1982, the Company sold the wholesale business to focus on the retail side, expanding the number of retail outlets to more than 200. Trans World went public in July 1986, selling 1.6 million shares of stock at $16.50 per share.

Between 1984 and 1990, Trans World increased its store expansion on an average of 10% annually. The industry changed with the introduction of CDs in 1983 and home video in 1989, and Trans World quickly expanded at an average of 41% annually. By 1994, Trans World owned and operated 712 stores.

1997 brought success with record-setting $571 million in annual sales, and profits of $20.7 million. Trans World also acquired Strawberries, Inc. a 90-store music retailer operating in the New England area. Shareholders were awarded a 2-for-1 stock split during the year.

The Company again exceeded expectations in 1998 with sales totaling $700 million and profits reaching over $40 million. A retail website — www.twec.com — was launched and shareholders were awarded a 3-for-2 stock split. That same year, the Company signed a definitive agreement to acquire Camelot Music Holdings, one of its largest national competitors. The acquisition was completed in 1999.

In 2001, Trans World united its mall-based portfolio and retail Web site under the F.Y.E. (For Your Entertainment) brand name — creating a consistent, cross-channel experience for our customers, and redefining entertainment retail in the process. Interactive, ubiquitous and customer-centric, the F.Y.E. concept involves proprietary in-store technologies positioning Trans World for continued growth.

Following through on the promise of the F.Y.E. concept, 2002 marked the nationwide launch of Trans World’s LVS — industry-leading listening-viewing stations, revolutionizing the in-store customer experience. The LVS enables customers to instantly sample any of thousands of music, movie and game titles…driving trial and sales. More than 12,000 LVS units were rolled out to 550 stores across the country in 2002, and later in 2004, richer content and functionality were added — to further enhance this selling tool.

2003 featured more strategic growth, as Trans World acquired Wherehouse Entertainment. This acquisition added approximately 100 stores to the Company’s freestanding portfolio, and expanded its presence in the West Coast market. In 2006, Trans World acquired its largest competitor, Musicland, and added select high-performing stores to its mall portfolio.

After several years of losses, the company returned to profitibility in 2011. In 2012, the company paid the first dividend in its history.