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What do you think will be the next Big Box to go under will be?

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What do you think will be the next Big Box to go under will be?

Toys R Us was a bit of a surprise to me but inevitable I guess. Who do you think is the next to go?
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I don't know about next but I think Indigo/Chapters could be one.
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DjRags604 wrote:
Sep 26th, 2017 10:38 pm
Toys R Us was a bit of a surprise to me but inevitable I guess. Who do you think is the next to go?
I guarantee it won't be Best Buy. I know some of you on this board have been waiting (and predicting nonstop) for 10 years for that liquidation sale that may never come. Maybe the weak links like 2001 or The Source, but definitely not BB.

Michaels is strong on both sides of the border; Hobby Lobby won't bury them in the USA unless they 1-expand faster 2-open on Sunday. And who's their competition in Canada? DeSerres? Curry's? Fabricland? Michaels whups all of them. Wouldn't surprise me to see Michaels close underperforming stores in Ontario when the minimum wage jumps to $15/hour. But the chain won't go away anytime soon.

Winners doesn't die unless parent TJ Maxx in America goes. And I just can't see that happening.

Indigo/Chapters definitely is a weak link, have been the moment Amazon expanded to Canada.

If you wanted to bet money on a chain to go away, Rona would be a good choice. Lowe's owns it now and I just can't see Lowe's continuing to run separate banners (of nearly identical stores) often in the same cities. Could say the same about La Senza (now that it's owned by Victoria's Secret).

JYSK and Structube -- overpriced Chinese crap (not that IKEA is much better...) They can both go.

Henry's/Vistek -- this country isn't big nor rich enough for 2 high-end camera dealers. Pro photographers order from B&H and Adorama and not these jokers. One of them's gotta go. I'll bet on Henry's.

Nordstrom -- Canada is not kind to "new players" when there's already a well-entrenched incumbent. See also: Target, Krispy Kreme, Sam's Club, Sports Authority... Why else would Hudson Bay bring Saks north?

I would love to see the demise of Leons/The Brick, Canadian Tire, Value Village (the scummiest retailer of all), every Loblaws banner not called "Loblaws", and any remnants of the Isaac Benitez empire (Labels, Designer Depot...) A man can dream....
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bestbuy is probably doing best out of all electronics chains. There are visions,source,etc that are first in line

Some camera stores could go

More clothing chains to go

value retail (winners, etc) are fine
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Oh boy, this thread again. People just list the stores that they don't like or shop at as if it's some sort of wish list.
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Oh boy this pessimism again. I wrote the stores regardless whether I like them or not. I don't care about winners and I think they are fine. I don't like bestbuy and they are fine. There is no need to bundle everything mentioned as someone's dislike list.

Between Henrys and Vistek, I have no experience with Henrys but Vistek in my area isn't really known as market leader. Vistek website is quite a bit worse than Henrys which doesn't jibe well in online shopping world. I usually search other stores when I'm comparing as stores post same MSRP unless on special. Camera stores are making money off accessories/running classes and not much on lens/bodies as people want it matched with E-tailers, but they have storefront cost.
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EastGTARedFlagger wrote:
Sep 26th, 2017 11:52 pm
I guarantee it won't be Best Buy. I know some of you on this board have been waiting (and predicting nonstop) for 10 years for that liquidation sale that may never come. Maybe the weak links like 2001 or The Source, but definitely not BB.

Michaels is strong on both sides of the border; Hobby Lobby won't bury them in the USA unless they 1-expand faster 2-open on Sunday. And who's their competition in Canada? DeSerres? Curry's? Fabricland? Michaels whups all of them. Wouldn't surprise me to see Michaels close underperforming stores in Ontario when the minimum wage jumps to $15/hour. But the chain won't go away anytime soon.

Winners doesn't die unless parent TJ Maxx in America goes. And I just can't see that happening.

Indigo/Chapters definitely is a weak link, have been the moment Amazon expanded to Canada.

If you wanted to bet money on a chain to go away, Rona would be a good choice. Lowe's owns it now and I just can't see Lowe's continuing to run separate banners (of nearly identical stores) often in the same cities. Could say the same about La Senza (now that it's owned by Victoria's Secret).

JYSK and Structube -- overpriced Chinese crap (not that IKEA is much better...) They can both go.

Henry's/Vistek -- this country isn't big nor rich enough for 2 high-end camera dealers. Pro photographers order from B&H and Adorama and not these jokers. One of them's gotta go. I'll bet on Henry's.

Nordstrom -- Canada is not kind to "new players" when there's already a well-entrenched incumbent. See also: Target, Krispy Kreme, Sam's Club, Sports Authority... Why else would Hudson Bay bring Saks north?

I would love to see the demise of Leons/The Brick, Canadian Tire, Value Village (the scummiest retailer of all), every Loblaws banner not called "Loblaws", and any remnants of the Isaac Benitez empire (Labels, Designer Depot...) A man can dream....
JYSK and Structube are two completely separate things. Structube would certainly stick around, probably JYSK too.

And which competitor do we have for Nortdstrom in Toronto?
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Vistek Cameras?

Rona?
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EastGTARedFlagger wrote:
Sep 26th, 2017 11:52 pm
Nordstrom -- Canada is not kind to "new players" when there's already a well-entrenched incumbent. See also: Target, Krispy Kreme, Sam's Club, Sports Authority... Why else would Hudson Bay bring Saks north?
Krispy Kreme is doing just fine.
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Best Buy was almost bankrupt not that long ago, but as other electronics retailers have fallen, BB seems to be getting stronger and are scooping up those customers into the fold.

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