Vitamin Shoppe Files for IPO

Vitamin Shoppe Inc., a North Bergen, N.J.-based retailer and direct marketer of vitamins, minerals, supplements and other nutritional products, has filed for a $150 million IPO. It plans to trade on the NYSE under ticker symbol VSI, with Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers and Banc of America Securities serving as co-led underwriters. Bear Stearns Merchant Banking acquired Vitamin Shoppe in 2002, and currently holds a 79.9% pre-IPO position.