Alco Stores, Inc., is a retailer operating company. The Company is engaged in the business of retailing general merchandise throughout the central portion of the United States of America through broad line department store outlets. The Company�s stores offer a broad line of merchandise consisting of approximately 35,000 items, including automotive, consumables and commodities, crafts, domestics, electronics, furniture, hardware, health and beauty aids, housewares, jewelry, ladies, men�s and children�s apparel and shoes, pre-recorded music and video, sporting goods, seasonal items, stationery and toys. As of February 2, 2014, the Company operated 212 stores in 23 states located in mostly smaller communities in the central United States. The stores average approximately 21,000 square feet of selling space, with an additional 4,000 square feet utilized for merchandise processing, temporary storage and administration.