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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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    La Vie en Rose saves sinking Bikini Village

    Lingerie retailer Boutique La Vie en Rose is buying Groupe Bikini Village, keeping it from closing its doors.

    The specialty swimwear retailer sought creditor protection last month under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and was looking for a partner or buyer.

    “There’s a very good niche for that market,” said La Vie en Rose president and CEO François Roberge, explaining his decision to acquire the chain for “less than $4 million.”

    Bikini Village was $6 million in debt and had a net loss of $6.4 million last year, and a $1.1-million loss the year before.

    Montreal-based La Vie en Rose, which sells lingerie and swimwear in 180 stores across Canada, is growing its international presence, with 90 stores in 17 countries.

    The retailer will keep 48 stores under the Bikini Village banner but will close its four liquidation outlets, all in Quebec.

    “Of course there will be some jobs that we will have to lose to be more efficient,” said Roberge, estimating that a total of 50 positions will be cut.

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    Target Canada began thinking of closing last summer

    Weeks after employees were assured that Target was committed to Canada, the legal department at headquarters in Minneapolis first raised the concept of a Canadian insolvency, according to newly filed court documents.

    “Target Corporation’s internal legal department first raised the concept of a Canadian insolvency filing in summer 2014. However, the possibility of an insolvency filing was not explored or considered in any meaningful way until around late October, 2014,” according to a document filed by lawyers for Target Canada Corporation (TCC) in Ontario Superior Court.

    In the document, Target responds to 61 questions submitted by suppliers, some of whom have argued that the company bulked up on inventory before declaring insolvency Jan. 15, leaving them with unpaid invoices and no legal way to reclaim their goods.

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    Virtual reality poised to revolutionize retail

    Imagine being able to feel the fabric of the dress you are looking at online, or being welcomed by name by a screen as you enter a store; imagine being able to pay for your goods by walking out the door without waiting in line at the cash register or providing a password.

    The retail industry, revolutionized by the Web, is on the cusp of more change, with new technologies trying to lower the barrier between “I want” and “Look what I bought.”

    The technologies are bringing the world of Minority Report closer to the present.

    Some technologies are closer to market than others. Here are that were on display at the Dx3 (digital marketing, retail and advertising) conference in Toronto this week.

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    Lululemon-backed clothing line Kit and Ace goes global

    TORONTO – Kit and Ace, a Canadian apparel start-up backed by the billionaire founder of Lululemon, will open stores in London, Australia and Japan this year, ahead of schedule, prompted partly by choice real estate, one of its senior executives said.

    The ramp-up in Kit and Ace's growth plans comes as Lululemon Athletica Inc founder Chip Wilson, who announced last month he was quitting the yogawear retailer's board, shifts his attention to the casual wear company started by his wife and son.

    "The biggest asset we can use from him is his knowledge of global real estate," J.J. Wilson told Reuters, adding his father is not involved in daily operations but is a major advisor for the brand.

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