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Macy's Won't Come to Canada - Despite Recent Press
The founder of a prominent commercial real estate company says that Macy's is likely coming to Canada. Specifically, he said that he had heard from "pretty good sources" that "luxury retailer" Macy's would open in West Edmonton Mall, in an expansion wing beside the mall's popular World Waterpark. Last year, Macy's CEO Terry J. Lundgren said that Macy's didn't have plans to open in Canada. Following Mr. Clubine's comments on Wednesday, Macy's told CTV news that it has no plans to open in Canada, and that "Canada is not part of our thought process".

Target's 'Make it or Break It' Holiday Season
As a turnaround plan shows signs of improvement, analysts see the season as a make-or-break turning point in the retailer's international expansion. Some analysts say this holiday season is a make-it-or-break-it moment for Target in Canada. If the operation doesn't meet expectations, Target will consider closing stores, said Leon Nicholas, a senior vice president of Kantar Retail. "With the benefit of hindsight, I wished we wouldn't have opened up so many stores as we did at once," Schindele said. "We probably should have scaled back from what we did." Naughton estimates it would cost about $1.2 billion for Target to close its Canadian division. "It's pretty clear that they could improve the cash flow of the company pretty materially if they did close down these stores," he said. "What's less clear is if they are starting to turn a corner and potentially starting to get this thing going in the right direction." Analysts estimate that Target has already invested $5 billion to $6 billion in Canada thus far, so a decision to leave won't be made lightly. Target has been a disaster in Canada, producing sales about half of our initial projections, and running deep operating losses," he wrote.

Mastermind Toys Aggressively Expanding Canadian Store Base
Canada's largest privately-owned specialty toy and book retailer has aggressive expansion plans. Toronto-based Mastermind Toys will more than double its existing store base within three years, and has recently opened several locations in new Canadian markets. Mastermind Toys President Humphrey Kadaner says that the retailer plans to grow its current 34 locations to between 70 and 75 stores by the year 2018. Of its current 34 locations, 29 are in Ontario with 19 of them in the Greater Toronto Area. Four stores are in Alberta and soon, two will operate in British Columbia.

E-commerce explosion coming for 2014 holiday shopping - online fraud to follow
Canada Post expects to deliver 20 per cent more parcels related to e-commerce this November and December. The growth has been amazing," says Rod Hart, Canada Post's general manager of parcels and e-commerce. "And you also see that online shopping used to skew to an age category that was on the younger side. Now we see that right through to 60-plus, they've becoming more comfortable with it." Later adaptation to online trends by Canadian retailers has been key factor, according to the head of digital for Best Buy Canada.

Canada's new 'Black Friday' - It's Growing
Vancouverites are poised to do more shopping on Black Friday than ever before, according to a report that Deloitte released November 3. It only started a couple of years ago. With their Thanksgiving in October they never really had a 'Black Friday'. But with all the American retailers moving north and the advertising behind it - it now looks like they're enjoying it. It's growing and had become 'hugely important' to the retailers. As they also try to curb cross-border shopping by Canadians.

Worker protection bill passes with amendments to help temps and wage theft claimants; Bill also ties minimum wage increases to inflation and expands protections to interns, students and migrant workers  Ontario's legislature voted unanimously in favour of a new worker protection bill on Thursday, after it was amended to include two key concessions to workers' rights advocates. Bill 18 will now become law pending Royal Assent - almost a year after being first introduced. Campaigners welcomed two changes in particular to the bill, one affecting temporary workers, the other workers who want to launch a wage theft claims. The first affects Ontario's 133,000 temporary workers, many of whom find work through temporary employment agencies. Previously, these agencies were responsible for upholding all temporary workers' rights under the Employment Standards Act, including hours, sick days, pay and termination.

1 million Canadians expected to call in sick to go Black Friday shopping

Nordstrom set to hire 400 employees in Ottawa

Montreal, CN: Jewelry robbery targets Birks in Fairview Pointe Claire shopping mall  Montreal police are looking for four suspects who robbed a Birks jewelry store at the Fairview Pointe Claire shopping mall. Police say four masked men went into the store at 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday. They smashed the jewelry cases using hammers, grabbed merchandise, and then sprayed people in the store before fleeing on foot. Police Const. Simon Delorme says investigators are asking for help from the public to identify the suspects. "There's many witnesses to meet and if anyone saw something special or have taken some pictures of the scene they can call the police station nearby," said Delorme. Delorme said people with information can also call the police Info-Crime line. The value of the stolen jewelry is not yet known.

Ex-Michelin worker charged with fraud
A former Michelin employee has been charged with defrauding the company of nearly $15,000, causing his new employer to review his status. Andrew Peter Morine appeared in Bridgewater provincial court Wednesday charged with defrauding the tire manufacturer of $14,733.34 between Dec. 26, 2013, and June 15, 2014. The Conquerall Bank property owner is accused of doing that by allegedly making unauthorized purchases for his personal use on a Michelin credit card. Morine was hired at Michelin in December 2011. An online business profile says he was an operational maintenance manager for Michelin until he took a job as a maintenance supervisor at Cavendish Farms in the summer.

Langley RCMP investigating 4 suspects in Gift Card and stolen bank check scheme  Langley RCMP are asking the public for help in identifying four people. On Nov. 5, police were called to the Walmart in Langley to investigate a report of fraudulent gift cards. A teller became suspicious when the amount on the gift card did not match the cash register's tally. When the teller questioned the man, he fled the store and left behind the gift cards. In a second incident on Nov. 7, three people used a stolen bank cheque and identification to buy more than $1,000 worth of goods at the Langley Costco. The cheque and ID were from a wallet that was stolen in Abbotsford on Oct. 30.

Pharmacy Robbery Unsuccessful in Exeter
The OPP are investigating a rash of pharmacy break-and-enters in Huron, Perth and Lambton say that in each case, thieves got into the businesses by smashing the front doors. But in Exeter, thieves attempted a novel approach to get what they wanted. Police say they were called to an apartment building on Main Street South Sunday, in connection with an incident that happened the night before. Investigators tell us thieves tried to kick in the wall separating the stairwell to upstairs units from the pharmacy next door. While they created a racket and did $300 damage to the wall, they didn't get into the pharmacy and apparently gave up the attempt.

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