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    Target announces Starbucks as coffee retailer for Canadian stores (Starbucks Newsroom)

    Loblaws launching loyalty program to coincide with Target entry (Globe and Mail)

    Zellers reviews options for outlets ‘left behind’ (Globe and Mail)

    Canadian malls are the Target of expansion(Montreal Gazette)

    Sobeys and Target: a winning combination (Financial Post)

    Target’s rejected sites in high demand by rival retailers (Globe & Mail)

    Walmart, Canadian Tire in Target's crosshairs (Financial Post)

    What we can expect: Tony Fisher talks about Target Canada (Financial Post)

    Target’s Canadian foray hits cost hurdle (Globe & Mail)

    Announcement of which Zellers are to convert coming by end of May? CTV

    "Death of Canadian retail greatly exaggerated" Rona CEO (Financial Post

    Impact on Canadian Tire (Financial Post)

    Canadian Retail Industry Viewpoints (Profit Magazine)







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    Staples Investigates Potential Data Breach In The Northeast

    On Monday afternoon, Staples SPLS +0.92% announced that the Staples App would now support Apple PayApple's AAPL +1.94% new mobilepayment system that some say will eventually make credit cards obsolete. Just a few hours later, Staples confirmed that the retailer is investigating a potential credit and debit card breach at some locations.  This news comes just over a week since Kmart joined a long line of retailers who have suffered credit card breaches this year.

    Brian Krebs first reported the potential breach at Staples. According to Krebs, fraud patterns observed by several banks suggest that some Staples stores in the Northeast have been hit with a data breach–including “seven Staples stores in Pennsylvania, at least three in New York City, and another in New Jersey.” While Staples has stores around the nation, there is not yet evidence that the breach extends outside the Northeast, according to Krebs’ sources at different banks.

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    Target Canada to experiment with overstocking in turnaround effort

    Target Canada Co. is betting on its top stores to become a model for the struggling discounter in its recovery efforts.

    Mark Schindele, president of the Canadian chain since May, is overseeing the launch of an array of practices from speeding up and sharpening store inventory stocking from trailer trucks (in Target lingo, “coming clean on trailers”) to creating a service culture among staff to go the extra mile and convince shoppers to buy (internally dubbed “the vibe”).

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    Toronto retail sector undergoes major facelift

    The new Holt Renfrew Men store on Bloor Street West is a retail jewel.

    The front window showcases a red Ferrari 458 Italia and yes it’s for sale, to the first person with $335,000 to spare.

    The flooring on the ground level is made of Canadian limestone, hand cut in Toronto and laid down in a mosaic pattern. A bronze sculpture by Canadian artist Dennis Lin overlooks the shoe department.

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    Staples Store Closures

    Today Staples Canada announced the closure of 15 stores (source: Globe and Mail)

    Although Staples has not released a list of the 15 stores which were closed, we have compared the Staples Canada store list from January 5, 2014 to the stores listed on the Staples Canada website today. We have noted the following 20 stores are no longer on the Staples Canada website and can be assumed to have been closed this year. 


    Staples Store No Address City
    6 1250 Steeles Avenue East Brampton
    13 185 Bunting Road  St. Catharines
    24 3055, boulevard Le Carrefour Laval
    28 1936 McCowan Rd Scarborough
    33 2444 Barton Street East Hamilton
    35 6555, boulevard Taschereau Brossard
    44 1615 Dundas St. East Whitby
    83 150 Gateway Park Drive Kitchener
    175 4711 Steeles Ave East Scarborough
    213 10651, boulevard Pie-IX Montréal-Nord
    214 5095 Yonge Street Unit 3 (Empress Walk) North York
    216 4561 Kingsway Ave. Burnaby
    294 1821 Robertson Rd. Nepean
    313 747 Fort Street Ste No. 100 Victoria
    319 1154 Chemong Rd. Unit N3 Peterborough
    327 300-3021 Louie Drive, Westbank
    329 45 West Side Road, St#4 Port Colborne
    331 70 Joseph St. Unit 200 Parry Sound
    425 30 Plaza Avenue, Unit 8 West Saint John
    449 1026 Manitoba Avenue Selkirk