Sony Corp.

  • Japanese electronics company is closing all 14 retail stores in Canada over the next six to eight weeks
  • Closures will result in 90 layoffs
  • Currently has stores in Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, Vancouver, Toronto and Alberta

Mexx Canada

  • Dutch-based retailer declared bankruptcy in December 2014
  • Liquidating 95 stores in Canada by the end of February
  • Mexx has 315 stores around the world

Smart Set

  • Parent company Reitmans (TSX:RET.A) announced in November 2014 that it would close 107 Smart Set stores
  • Will convert 76 locations into other banners, including Reitmans, Penningtons, Addition Elle, RW&Co. and Thyme Maternity
  • Smart Set banner was created in 1945, with the first location opening in Ontario in 1970
  • First Reitmans store opened in Montreal in 1926


  • Womens' retailer was founded in 1977 in Montreal
  •  Announced in October 2014 it would abandon restructuring efforts and close 92 stores across the country
  • Company under creditor protection since November 2010

Holt Renfrew

  • Luxury retailer closing stores in Ottawa and Quebec City at the end of January 2015
  • Will undertake a $300 million expansion in key markets such as Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, and Montreal

Sears Canada

  • In October 2014, parent company Sears Holding Corp. (NYSE:SHLD) announced it would sell most of its stake in the struggling Canadian unit to raise as much as US$380 million
  • In January 2014, Sears Canada announced it was cutting 2,200 employees from its payroll. It had already laid off thousands of employees in 2013
  • Sears Canada has sold leases to some of its most prominent locations, including its flagship location at the Toronto Eaton Centre


  • In 2011, parent company Hudson's Bay Co. (TSX:HBC) sold its leasing rights for its nearly 200 Zellers locations to U.S. retailer Target for $1.83 billion