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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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    Lowe's to Acquire RONA; Creating Canada's Leading Home Improvement Retailer

                                     -- Transaction valued at C$3.2 billion (US$2.3 billion) --

    - Transaction unanimously approved by both companies' Boards of Directors
    - Agreement is based on compelling strategic rationale for both companies
    - Lowe's pledges important commitments to RONA's key Canadian stakeholders
    - Lowe's to locate its Canadian head office in Boucherville, Quebec; Canadian operations to be headed by  Sylvain Prud'homme, President of Lowe's Canada
    - Acquisition accelerates Lowe's growth strategy in Canada

    MOORESVILLE, N.C. and BOUCHERVILLE, Quebec, Feb. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) ("Lowe's" or the "Company") and RONA inc. (TSX: RON, RON.PR.A) ("RONA") announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Lowe's is expected to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of RONA for C$24 per share in cash, and all of the issued and outstanding preferred shares of RONA for C$20 per share in cash.  The total transaction value is C$3.2 billion (US$2.3 billion) (the "Transaction").  The offer represents a premium of 104 percent to RONA's closing common share price on February 2, 2016 and a 38 percent premium to RONA's 52-week high of C$17.36. Together, Lowe's Canada and RONA stores will create Canada's leading home improvement retailer with 2015 pro forma revenues from Canadian operations of approximately C$5.6 billion. Excluding transaction and integration costs, we anticipate the Transaction will be accretive to Lowe's earnings in the first year following the close of the acquisition.

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    Whole Foods cooking up cloud-based retail management system

    With this partnership, Whole Foods is betting on insights gleaned from advanced data analytics to counter encroachment by mainstream retailers on its organic-products niche.

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    RioCan REIT snaps up Kimco’s Canadian properties

    The deal breaks down as RioCan (REI.UN-T) seizing on the opportunity to buy a big block of assets while U.S.-based Kimco (KIM-N) is likely looking at current highs as a good point to exit Canada.

    “It is an exceptionally rare opportunity to acquire a selection of properties from a portfolio of this scale that can be easily absorbed by the Trust,” RioCan CEO Edward Sonshine said in a statement. “This acquisition improves RioCan’s Canadian portfolio by increasing the concentration of the trust’s portfolio located in Canada’s six largest markets, most notably in the Greater Toronto Area.”

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    Why Competitors Must Take Nordstrom Seriously in Canada

    On Friday, September 18, Nordstrom opened its first Canadian flagship location. The 230,000 square foot Vancouver CF Pacific Centre store features substantially more luxury brands and amenities than its first two Canadian locations. Experts are now saying that Nordstrom's heightened luxury experience in Canada could result in a meaningful shift in Vancouver luxury market share to Nordstorm, and we discussed the topic with two of Canada's top retail experts.

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