MAPSCO, a Dallas Institution, Is About to Be Based Out of ... Pennsylvania
But Unfair Park has learned the company, which is shuttering stores statewide, will be Dallas-based no longer: An employee at Universal Map -- out of Blue Bell, Pennsylvania -- confirms this morning that it is acquiring the mapmaker. The woman to whom I spoke said she did not know when the sale would be consummated (or announced), and said I should speak instead with President Scott Horner, who's based in Michigan. Messages were left several hours ago, though Universal Map says he is in Texas at this very moment. The same employee then said we should talk to Jim Guercio, Universal Map's purchasing director ... and proceeded to give us the number for MAPSCO's Addison HQ.
MAPSCO employees to whom I spoke this morning will not comment; several messages have been left for chief operating officer Tracy Eubanks.
This much is certain: In the age of GPS and Google Maps and so on and so forth, business ain't what it used to be. After posting record sales in 2006, revenue dropped precipitously, forcing widespread layoffs in recent months and, last week, the closure of the Austin store. The Frisco retail outlet closed last year. And: The Preston Forest location, which opened more than a decade ago, is closing today.
One person to whom I did speak noted the irony of the sale: A little more than two years ago, MAPSCO had intended to buy Universal Map, until Kappa Media swooped in at the last second.