Foot Locker said it “intends to consolidate our Runners Point business into our other operations in Europe,” after a year-long assessment of the this chain of running stores, which it had bought from Karstadt in 2003, and the competitive landscape in Europe. The company subsequently indicated that about 35 of them will be converted to its more lifestyle-oriented Sidestep concept or to its regular Foot Locker format. The number of Runners Point stores has been steadily reduced over the years. After closing 27 stores in the previous 12 months, Foot Locker still had 81 Runners Point stores in operation in Germany, Austria and Switzerland as of last Feb. 1. It also had 77 Sidestep shops, after 12 closures and nine openings in the previous 12 months. Since Feb. 1, five more Runners Point stores and three more Sidestep units have been shut down. The reorganization will also impact the personnel at Runners Point’s long-standing headquarters in Recklinghousen, which is due to be closed, with the remaining operations in the German-speaking countries being managed directly from Foot Locker Europe’s office in the Netherlands. More in SGI Europe.