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Victoria retail thread: retailer news, comings and goings


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#5921 gstc84

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Posted 16 May 2020 - 04:39 PM

There appears to be a new board games store and cafe open at 705 Johnson. No signage indicating a name, but folks were inside playing games.

Interactivity on Yates is still only open for sales, I believe. They’re also taking advantage of the time to paint over the bright orange walls at the back.
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#5922 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 19 May 2020 - 05:46 AM

Reitmans files for bankruptcy protection

 

The Canadian retailer has 576 stores nationwide and employs more than 6,800 people. The Montreal-based company says its womenswear stores will continue to operate during the restructuring.

 

 

 

 

 

that's an amazing amount of outlets.


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#5923 Rob Randall

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Posted 19 May 2020 - 06:33 AM

^When you need cheap office clothes men go to Moore's, women go to Reitman's. Every mall needs one. You can't show up at a board meeting wearing faded American Eagle jeans with holes in them.

 

Well, I guess you can for the time being.


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#5924 lanforod

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Posted 19 May 2020 - 07:03 AM

I go to Costco and Marks for cheap office clothes.



#5925 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 19 May 2020 - 07:09 AM

I think Walmart dominates all clothing. I admit bought some jeans and a “George” shirt there.

#5926 Mike K.

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Posted 19 May 2020 - 07:09 AM

Moores is cheap? I just bought a sport jacket there and it was $600, on sale. A button up French cuff shirt was $110. I said no thanks to the shirt.

I think most men shop at either The Bay or Mark’s for casual business attire, myself included. Some clothes you find at Costco are higher quality than what you’ll find at Mark’s, and they’re great for around the house or Saturday afternoon attire on the patio, etc.
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#5927 Jackerbie

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Posted 19 May 2020 - 07:23 AM

Reitmans files for bankruptcy protection

 

The Canadian retailer has 576 stores nationwide and employs more than 6,800 people. The Montreal-based company says its womenswear stores will continue to operate during the restructuring.

 

 

 

 

 

that's an amazing amount of outlets.

 

 

^When you need cheap office clothes men go to Moore's, women go to Reitman's. Every mall needs one. You can't show up at a board meeting wearing faded American Eagle jeans with holes in them.

 

Well, I guess you can for the time being.

 

More than one. Reitman's holdings also include Addition Elle, Pennington's, and Thyme Maternity. 


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#5928 Redd42

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Posted 19 May 2020 - 08:01 AM

I've managed to get myself on the e-mail lists of most chain clothing outlets. From the discounts they have been feverishly announcing during covid, I was just waiting for one (or 2) to announce financial trouble. 

 

I'm still an in person shopper though. Sizing just varies too much.



#5929 gstc84

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Posted 19 May 2020 - 08:01 AM

More than one. Reitman's holdings also include Addition Elle, Pennington's, and Thyme Maternity. 

 

And RW & Co, which is where most of my office clothes come from.


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#5930 gstc84

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Posted 19 May 2020 - 09:36 AM

The Bernard Callebaut Chocolate store on Broughton St has closed sometime in the last two months. The space is empty and there's a for lease sign in the window.



#5931 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 19 May 2020 - 09:45 AM

that’s too bad. never been in but it was nice to look in the window.

#5932 Redd42

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Posted 19 May 2020 - 09:48 AM

The space is empty and there's a for lease sign in the window.

 

Going to see a lot more of that in the coming months.



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Posted 19 May 2020 - 09:58 AM

The Bernard Callebaut Chocolate store on Broughton St has closed sometime in the last two months. The space is empty and there's a for lease sign in the window.

:( This is too bad. Callebaut chocolate is some of the best you'll ever have. Their products make (made) excellent gifts. I think they may still have a location in Broadmead.

It seems as though the Callebaut brand has had some challenges long before the current crisis.



#5934 Jackerbie

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Posted 19 May 2020 - 11:09 AM

:( This is too bad. Callebaut chocolate is some of the best you'll ever have. Their products make (made) excellent gifts. I think they may still have a location in Broadmead.

It seems as though the Callebaut brand has had some challenges long before the current crisis.

 

Well the business failed back in 2010 and was acquired by Cococo Chocolatiers


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Posted 19 May 2020 - 01:57 PM

Pier 1 imports is closing all stores permanently. 



#5936 Nparker

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Posted 19 May 2020 - 02:02 PM

Pier 1 imports is closing all stores permanently. 

I thought this was already a fait accompli.



#5937 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 19 May 2020 - 02:05 PM

not only that but I thought it was an accomplished fact.
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#5938 Jackerbie

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Posted 19 May 2020 - 02:44 PM

Pier 1 imports is closing all stores permanently. 

 

I thought this was already a fait accompli.

 

On a technicality, I think the previous news was closure of all stores in Canada, and the news today is all stores in both Canada and the US



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Posted 21 May 2020 - 08:14 AM

Closures coming for Victoria's Secret and Bath and Bodyworks (the same parent company, who knew!). Victoria's Secret closing 13 of 38 stores in Canada, Bath and Bodyworks closing 1 store in Canada. No details on which locations will get the ax. via https://www.ctvnews....uggle-1.4948122

 

FWIW, both brands closed their Richmond Centre locations earlier this year.



#5940 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 21 May 2020 - 08:46 AM

social distancing is ruining the underwear market.
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