Vitamin Shoppe Inc is a multi-channel specialty retailer of vitamins, minerals, herbs, specialty supplements, sports nutrition and other health and wellness products. The Company markets nationally recognized brands as well as our proprietary brands, including Vitamin Shoppe, BodyTech, True Athlete, Mytrition and PLNT. Its product offering provides its customers with a selection of products that is not readily available at other specialty retailers or at mass merchants, such as drugstores and supermarkets. The Company has two operating segments: retail and direct. In its retail segment, which includes Vitamin Shoppe, Super Supplements and Vitapath retail store formats, the Company has opened 154 new stores and has acquired 31 stores from the beginning of Fiscal Year 2011 through Fiscal Year 2013. As of December 28, 2013, the Company operates 659 stores in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Ontario, Canada, primarily located in traffic regional retail centers and stand alone locations. In its direct segment, the Company sells its products directly to consumers through its website and www.supersup.com. The Company offers a comprehensive selection of vitamins, minerals, herbs, homeopathic remedies, specialty supplements such as fish oil, probiotics, glucosamine and Co Q10, sports nutrition, weight management, as well as natural bath and beauty, pet supplements and options for a healthy home. It offers products exclusive to its assortment in Vitamin Shoppe, BodyTech, True Athlete, Mytrition and PLNT brands which include products such as Ultimate Man, Ultimate Women, Ultimate 10 Probiotic, Whey Tech and Whey Tech Pro 24 Proteins. It also offers a comprehensive assortment from national brands such as Optimum Nutrition, Cellucor, Garden of Life, Quest Nutrition, Solaray, Solgarand Nature's Way. The Company competes with other specialty and mass market retailers including Vitamin World, GNC, Whole Foods, Natural Grocers, Sprouts Farmers Market, Costco and Wal-Mart, drugstore chains including Rite-Aid and Walgreens, internet and mail order companies including Amazon.com, Puritan's Pride, Vitacost.com, Bodybuilding.com, Doctors Trust, Swanson and iHerb in addition to independent health and vitamin stores and e-commerce outlets. The Company os subject to numerous federal, state, local and foreign laws and regulations governing its operations, including the handling, transportation and disposal of its products and non-hazardous and hazardous substances and wastes, as well as emissions and discharges into the environment, including discharges to air, surface water and groundwater.