Sears Clos­ing in Fairview Pointe-Claire Mall

Montreal Times - - News -

In an an­nounce­ment sur­pris­ing many in Mon­treal's West Is­land area, Sears Canada said it is clos­ing its Fairview Mall lo­ca­tion in Pointe-Claire - the only store in Que­bec to be closed so far. Other stores in On­tario, Man­i­toba, Bri­tish Columbia and New­found­land are planned for clo­sure - all part of their re­struc­tur­ing plan af­ter be­ing granted pro­tec­tion from cred­i­tors by an On­tario court on June 22nd 2017.

Be­fore fil­ing with the courts, Sears be­gan mak­ing changes to its stores across the coun­try, try­ing to keep up with the trends their cus­tomers were be­ing drawn to - and it re­quired time for those changes to have an im­pact. Their plans are to re­struc­ture and emerge from bank­ruptcy later this year - but ap­pears it will be quite a chal­lenge for them.

Thou­sands of their em­ploy­ees across Canada have been laid off, since an­nounc­ing they would be clos­ing 59 stores and out­lets as part of their re­struc­tur­ing plan with at least 14 of them in Que­bec.

The store in Fairview has been an icon for many years in the West Is­land and a fa­mil­iar land­mark to many head­ing east or west on High­way 40. It is clo­sure is sure to have an im­pact on the com­mu­nity.

How do you feel about the clo­sure? Do you think the days of big de­part­ment stores are num­bered?

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