WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549


                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT

                     Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
                         Securities Exchange Act of 1934


         Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): June 11, 2001

                               VENATOR GROUP, INC.
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

      New York                          No. 1-10299                    13-3513936
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(State or other jurisdiction           (Commission                   (IRS Employer
of incorporation)                      File Number)                Identification No.)

112 West 34th Street, New York, New York                                  10120
(Address of principal executive offices)                               (Zip Code)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (212) 720-3700

Item 5.    Other Events.

         On June 11, 2001 the Registrant issued a press release announcing that
it has completed the sale of $125 million principal amount of 5.50 percent of
Convertible Subordinated Notes due 2008. Simultaneously with this offering, the
Registrant amended and restated its revolving credit facility to a $190 million
three-year credit facility.

         A copy of the press release regarding the Registrant's refinancing is
attached as Exhibit 99, which, in its entirety, is incorporated herein by

Item 7.  Financial Statements and Exhibits.

    (c)  Exhibits

         In accordance with the provisions of Item 601 of Regulation S-K, an
index of exhibits is included in this Form 8-K on page 3.


         Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned being hereunto duly authorized.

                                       VENATOR GROUP, INC.

Date:  June 11, 2001                    By: /s/ John H. Cannon
                                            John H. Cannon
                                            Vice President and


                               VENATOR GROUP, INC.

                                INDEX OF EXHIBITS
                             FURNISHED IN ACCORDANCE
                             WITH THE PROVISIONS OF
                           ITEM 601 OF REGULATION S-K

Exhibit No. in Item 601
  of Regulation S-K                                  Description
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         99                                 New Release dated June 11, 2001