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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)



     Sears Canada Locations


    Sears Plans to Build Office and Condo Building in Burnaby, BC

    Over the next few weeks, Sears Canada Inc. will unveil the details of a plan to build a $1 billion office and condominium complex on their 3.6 hectare Burnaby location. This move fits with the current trend of retailers capitalizing on their real estate properties; Loblaws and Canadian Tire have both announced plans to create REIT's. The Burnaby location will still feature a Sears, albeit a 100,000 sq.ft. store, compared to the current 140,000 location (Business News).


    Sears Q4 Results


    Same store sales for the quarter decreased 3.8%.

    Total revenue for the quarter decreased 5.0%.

    Commenting on the fourth quarter, Calvin McDonald, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sears Canada Inc., said,

    "Although sales were lower than last year, our same store sales performance in the fourth quarter improved over the three prior quarters. Home electronics and Craftsman, which includes snowblowers and hardware, contributed to the majority of our sales decline. Though the positive sales trend in major appliances slowed, we continued to add market share. Of particular note was the positive same store sales growth of our apparel and accessories business in the quarter compared to the fourth quarter last year. Inventory quality at the end of the quarter improved compared to the same time last year, as a result of a significant reduction in out-of-season inventory."

    Complete report is here


    Sears Response to Target

    Sears' Response to Increased Competition:

    • Introducing online point redemption for Sears cardholders (Canada Newswire)
    • Confirmed renovations to over 30 stores in Ontario and Quebec over the next 18 months
    • Has launched an app that allows customers to browse Sears products and make purchases from their mobile devices (Canada Newswire)
    • Has partnered with to gain a larger share of the baby goods market (Globe and Mail)
    • Unveiled new corporate slogan "Make every day a great day", part of a re-branding effort to get consumers to buy Sears products they "want" not necessarily "need" (Globe and Mail)
    • Cutting 700 jobs, predominantly at distibution centres, starting February 2013 (Toronto Star)
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