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T-Mobile Stores Could Be Casualties Of AT&T Merger

The Huffington Post First Posted: 06/23/11 07:09 PM ET Updated: 06/23/11 07:09 PM ET

While the AT&T-T-Mobile merger has yet to be approved by federal regulators, some people are already starting to feel reverberations from the deal.

According to the Wall Street Journal, some T-Mobile dealers are cutting down on plans for expansion or selling their stores, leaving T-Mobile to grapple with even more difficulties as its subscribers drain away.

T-Mobile and AT&T have 9,200 stores in the U.S. combined. T-Mobile has 2,000 company-run stores and 1,100 branded stores. While it hasn't been announced how many stores would be cut if the deal goes through, it is expected that stores will consolidate, especially when stores are located near each other. According to analysis conducted for the WSJ by real-estate research firm CoStar Group, 41 percent of AT&T's stores have at least a single T-Mobile store within a mile.