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(Chicago Trib)   Sears plans on abandoning their Canada operations, as the demand for plaid flannel, maple syrup, moose traps, and goofy hats with floppy ears has declined sharply   (chicagotribune.com) divider line 16
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2012-05-17 10:50:46 AM
Ah Sears. Where you can't find staff anywhere in the store, and in the very rare instance you do, they are of no help. Not that it matters, since most of their product is overpriced.

// will not miss their huge waste of space in the Eaton Centre
 
2012-05-17 10:58:55 AM
www.oocities.org

Inconsolable.
 
2012-05-17 11:16:12 AM
No more cheap hockey equipment?

How are those poor kids from BFE Canada gonna play??
 
2012-05-17 11:22:31 AM
Scarrio
Ah Sears. Where you can't find staff anywhere in the store, and in the very rare instance you do, they are of no help

I know, eh? I was trying to buy shoes at Rideau once, and there was a complete absence of staff. I was tempted to pick up one of their phones and page someone to come serve me.

/probably could have just walked out with a shoebox
 
2012-05-17 11:25:26 AM
Ikea and Sears share part of a big box area in Burlington, Ontario. Ikea is busy from door opening to door closing. Sears is vacant all that time. The writing has been on the wall for years.
 
2012-05-17 11:26:40 AM
Plaid flannel will live FOREVER!!!

Seriously. Without plaid flannel, I would probably spend most of the winter naked (from the waist up during the day, and then full monty at night if I can't have my plaid flannel jammies).
 
2012-05-17 11:58:14 AM
I think the idea of a department store is dead in large urban centers. There's nothing in a Sears or HBC that can't be found elsewhere in the same mall, often at a lower price.

Your typical department store offers:

Clothing and footwear - That's 90% of what the rest of the mall is.
Consumer Electronics - Best Buy, Future Shop, 2001, etc, all provide a better selection products.
Large Appliances + Furniture - Leon's, Bad Boy, The Brick, hundreds of independants.
Small Appliances - Canadian Tire.
Tools and outdoor - Canadian Tire, Lowes, Home Depot, Rona.
Cosmetics - Shoppers Drug Mart, Sephora,
Bedding - Hundreds of independents, several chains.


In other words, there is nothing I can get at Sears that I can't get at a multitude of other more specialized stores -- Often at a better price.
 
2012-05-17 02:06:10 PM
Well, that leaves The Bay and Zellers. Zellers looks reasonably busy when I go in there, but The Bay reminds me of Eaton's when they were near the end. Overpriced crap in a deserted store.
 
2012-05-17 04:46:15 PM
I will miss Craftsman tools and lawnmowers...
 
Juc
2012-05-17 05:28:06 PM

bingethinker: Well, that leaves The Bay and Zellers. Zellers looks reasonably busy when I go in there, but The Bay reminds me of Eaton's when they were near the end. Overpriced crap in a deserted store.


Didn't Zellers get sold to Walmart and is now closing its stores.

All the Zellers stores here are having going out of business sales as they try to empty their warehouses.
 
2012-05-17 05:38:18 PM
Seriously? Maple Syrup is in the list? Have you never had Maple Syrup? Maple Syrup is like the nectar of the gods. It is worth every penny of the purchase price.
 
2012-05-17 06:26:32 PM

Juc: bingethinker: Well, that leaves The Bay and Zellers. Zellers looks reasonably busy when I go in there, but The Bay reminds me of Eaton's when they were near the end. Overpriced crap in a deserted store.

Didn't Zellers get sold to Walmart and is now closing its stores.

All the Zellers stores here are having going out of business sales as they try to empty their warehouses.


No, they got bought by Target. Sort of.

From Wikipedia:

In 2011, Target Corporation acquired the leaseholds of 189 Zellers stores[3] (including locations being resold to other retailers) as the chain prepares to expand into Canada in 2013 and 2014. HBC will continue to operate these locations until at least early 2012, at which point they will close for renovations, with individual closing dates varying by location. Target is not buying the Zellers chain, and HBC is reviewing options for the remaining 84 Zellers locations.[3]
 
2012-05-17 08:12:28 PM
I'm curious about the impact this will have on their catalog sales. For those of us who spend time away from the urban centers in the Great White North, that has been pretty handy.

/Yes, Sears still does catalog sales in Canada.
 
2012-05-17 08:42:07 PM
Sears Canada? I always thought it was called Sears Simpson...
 
2012-05-18 03:07:24 PM

shinjitsuism: Sears Canada? I always thought it was called Sears Simpson...


I always thought she was called Bessie Wallis Warfield Simpson, later Duchess of Windsor.
 
2012-05-18 07:08:03 PM

shinjitsuism: Sears Canada? I always thought it was called Sears Simpson...


It was called Simpsons-Sears for a stretch, but became Sears after the Hudson Bay Company bought Simpsons in '78.
 
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