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Disney is closing 60 stores in the U.S. and Canada
2021-03-04

The Disney Store, once a mall mainstay, is drastically reducing the number of locations it has in the United States and Canada.Disney said it's closing at least 60 stores in North America, amounting to about 35 per cent of its locations in the region.Moving forward, Disney is placing a larger emphasis on its e-commerce business rather than its brick-and-mortar footprint.'While consumer behavior has shifted toward online shopping, the global pandemic has changed what consumers expect from a retailer,' said Stephanie Young, president of Disney's consumer products, games and publishing unit, in a press release.That online revamp will be 'complemented by greater integration with Disney Parks apps and social media platforms.'Fans can still buy Mickey merchandise at theme park stores, third-party retailers and Disney shop-in-shops.Disney, which didn't release a list of stores that will close, has about 300 locations worldwide.



Tag: new store
2021-03-04

Maple Ridge, British Columbia — Further expanding its reach in Western Canada, Lordco Auto Parts has announced the opening of its first store in Edmonton, Alberta, a little more than a year after the company opened its first superstore in southern Alberta.Lordco’s new home in Edmonton is a 34,000 sq.-ft.



Disney to close at least 60 retail stores in U.S. and Canada
2021-03-04

Benzinga Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) will close at least 60 Disney retail stores in North America before the end of this year, according to a report by CNBC.What Happened: Disney reportedly said it is closing the stores as part of its efforts to focus more on e-commerce.Disney is also exploring a significant reduction of its store count in Europe, while its stores in Japan and China will not be impacted.“While consumer behavior has shifted toward online shopping, the global pandemic has changed what consumers expect from a retailer,” Stephanie Young, president of Disney’s consumer products, games and publishing, was quoted as saying.The company will also continue to operate its shop-in-shop locations in other retail stores like Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT) and the stores inside Disney parks.See Also: Disney’s Stock Hits All-Time High Amid Vaccine Rollout, Star Debut Why It Matters: Disney’s store closures come as consumers increasingly shift away from physical stores to digital shopping.Disney has made its website more consumer-friendly so as to reduce dependence on its brick-and-mortar stores.



Walt Disney Co. to shutter at least 60 Disney stores, shift focus online
2021-03-04

“Over the past few years, we’ve been focused on meeting consumers where they are already spending their time, such as the expansion of Disney store shop-in-shops around the world,” Young said.“We now plan to create a more flexible, interconnected e-commerce experience that gives consumers easy access to unique, high-quality products across all our franchises.”



Fresh idea as Amazon to open UK store without tills
2021-03-04

Local Journalism Initiative While applicant and the Township are working to iron out concerns with a proposed townhouse project in King City, the matter is still headed to an LPAT hearing.Councillors, staff and members of the public offered input into Stateview Homes’ plan to build 49 residential cluster townhouses on Keele Street.King plans also require vegetative buffers of 30 meters adjacent to natural heritage features, and this plan has zones that vary from 20 to 46 metres.The Established Neighbourhood designation in the new King Official Plan is intended to maintain the character and general fabric of the surrounding residential neighbourhood.Craig pointed out that the blocks of townhouses stretching along Keele Street with small spaces between blocks is “not appealing and does not complement and integrate well in the existing neighbourhood with a more open space character.”They’d like to see the plan include single-detached, semi-detached, duplexes and/or one or two well-designed small blocks of two-storey townhouses carefully placed on the overall property to integrate well with homes in the existing neighbourhood.Mayor Steve Pellegrini said staff, through its traffic management plan, is always looking at speed limits in King’s villages.



Disney to close at least 60 Disney Stores in US and Canada, as shopping shifts to online
2021-03-04

As part of a plan to emphasize e-commerce, The Walt Disney Co. will close at least 60 Disney stores in North America this year, the company announced Wednesday.Disney's revenue in the October-December quarter fell 22% to .25 billion from .88 billion in the previous year but still beat Wall Street expectations.Keep your mask on at Kroger: Company says they are still required in Texas and Mississippi Best Buy Health: Retailer's new services for Apple Watch aim to keep older adults safe and independent This move is meant to capitalize on consumers' embrace of online shopping and address what shoppers 'expect from a retailer,” said Stephanie Young, president, consumer products games and publishing, in a statement “Over the past few years, we’ve been focused on meeting consumers where they are already spending their time, such as the expansion of Disney store shop-in-shops around the world,' Young said.This won't affect more than 600 Disney Parks stores and other locations, including Disney stores inside Target stores.A recent example: a special edition 'Star Wars – The Mandalorian The Child in Floating Hover Pram,' with a plush toy of 'The Child' or Grogu, the character from the Disney+ series.Story continues You can bid on the Mattel Creations toy, called 'The Mandalorian The Child' in Floating Hover Pram, which includes a Child plush toy within and spins and levitates 2½ inches off the base.This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Disney Store to close 60 North American locations, focus on shopDisney



Kisses from Italy Inc.: Kisses From Italy Branded Products Now in 20 Retail Stores
2021-03-04

MIAMI, FL / ACCESSWIRE / March 4, 2021 / Kisses from Italy Inc. (OTCQB:KITL), a U.S.-based restaurant chain operator, Franchisor, and product distributor (the 'Company'), proudly announces that following its Kisses From Italy branded product launch in November of 2020, the products bearing the Kisses From Italy logo are now available in 20 retail stores across Quebec and Ontario, Canada.Kisses From Italy's retail products currently include a gluten-free pasta line with flavors such as yellow corn, black bean, beetroot, or red-lentil.Also bearing the Kisses From Italy brand is the Company's initial line of organic, extra virgin, olive oil made with the highest quality olives and produced and imported directly from Italy.We are delighted to provide an update that as of the end of February 2021, Kisses From Italy and Mastro Vinci branded products can now be found in 20 stores across Quebec and Ontario and we strongly believe that the store count carrying our products will continue to climb', added Di Turi, 'In addition, we continue to search for the best products at competitive prices to add to our Kisses From Italy branded products stable.We will definitely continue to branch out into product lines that complement our current offerings and remain in-line with the Company's vision.'Kisses From Italy's focus remains on the main business lines of being a restaurant chain operator, Franchisor, and product distributor and continues to move forward in growing the brand and streamlining its efficiencies which includes its current retail stores in South Florida, Bari (Italy) and soon to be open the Company's first franchise in the State of California which has been unexpectedly delayed due to the onset of COVID.Kisses from Italy Inc. is a U.S.-based restaurant chain operator, franchisor and product distributor with locations in North America and Europe.



Canadian experts caution against temptations to comparison shop COVID-19 vaccines
2021-02-27

While it’s tempting to compare various aspects of AstraZeneca-Oxford’s newly approved COVID-19 vaccine to others, several experts cautioned against focusing on data that is not comparable and the danger of underrating the product’s ability to curb hospitalizations and deaths.Health Canada’s long-awaited announcement Friday that a third vaccine would soon be deployed came just as the provinces faced heightened scrutiny over regional immunization plans that vary by timeline, age eligibility and priority groups.Nevertheless, Health Canada chief medical advisor Dr. Supriya Sharma acknowledged questions over how the public should evaluate trial results that show AstraZeneca has an efficacy of 62 per cent in preventing symptomatic cases.“Each vaccine has unique characteristics and Health Canada’s review has confirmed that the benefits of the viral vector-based vaccine, as with the other authorized vaccines, outweigh their potential risks,” Sharma said.“It would be important for people to be vaccinated with whichever vaccine is first available in their community to them, rather than trying to hold out for a specific vaccine,” advised Hwang, who treats COVID-19 patients at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.Health Canada, however, says real-world data from countries already using the product suggest it is safe and effective among older age groups, promising an update on efficacy in the age group as more data comes in.Hwang says efficacy between vaccines cannot be compared because each involved completely different trials at different time periods, in different countries, with different volunteers of different age groups and varying trial designs.



Canadian Tire is closing its 18 National Sports stores. Here’s where they’re located.
2021-02-19

The decision to close all 18 of the retail stores across southern Ontario came as the company reported its fourth-quarter profit and revenue both rose significantly compared with a year ago.The company operates multiple brands including Canadian Tire, Mark’s, SportChek, Atmosphere, Sports Experts and Pro Hockey Life.Story continues below Hicks, president and CEO of Canadian Tire Corp., told investors that the company’s fourth-quarter results were “nothing short of phenomenal” and that its full-year results were strong despite the challenges of operating during a pandemic.“While the first two quarters of the year were significantly impacted by the pandemic, the team drove outstanding results,” Hicks said, noting that the company ended the year with “outstanding operational and financial results.”Still, the decision to close National Sports is part of Canadian Tire’s strategy to increase efficiencies and focus on core assets, he said.Story continues below evaluation of the company’s portfolio as part of its operational efficiency program with an “investor mindset” led to the decision to close the stores, Hicks said.Canadian Tire’s strong fourth-quarter results underscore the company’s “unique positioning for Canadian consumers,” Irene Nattel, an RBC Dominion Securities Inc. analyst, said in a note to clients.



Edgy Men’s Fashion Brand ‘Psycho Bunny’ to Open Canadian Stores
2021-03-02

Edgy New York City-based mens fashion brand Psycho Bunny is looking to enter the Canadian market by opening physical stores.Psycho Bunny’s colourful stores house an assortment of fashions including t-shirts (priced at - USD typically), polo shirts (priced -5 USD), jackets (5-0 USD), pants (5-5 USD), and other categories including accessories and footwear.Psycho Bunny is seeking retail spaces in the range of 1,000 to 2,000 square feet and is targeting shopping centres, high streets, and lifestyle centres in Canada.Jeff Berkowitz of Aurora Realty Consultants is representing Psycho Bunny in its Canadian store expansion.In the United States, Psycho Bunny operates 10 stores in Atlanta (Lenox Square), Dallas (NorthPark Mall), Las Vegas (Forum Shops at Caesars), Hollywood, Florida (Hardrock Hotel/Casino), Miami (Aventura Mall), and has outlet stores in Riverhead NY and in Orlando FL.It’s not yet known where in Canada Psycho Bunny may look to open stores.The direct-to-consumer store expansion will grow Psycho Bunny’s presence in Canada and it’s unknown what wholesale distribution the brand will have in the country as standalone stores begin opening.



New Toy: CSN St. Clair becomes first Canadian shop with FlatLine GreenTech E5 Dryer
2021-03-04

Sarnia, Ontario — The machines are among us—more specifically among the staff of CSN St. Clair in Sarnia, Ontario, as the shop becomes the first in Canada to have a GreenTech E5 Dryer robot installed in their spray booth.With more than 40 years in the automotive refinishing industry, FlatLine is a proven name when it comes to innovation.The company’s new line of GreenTech dryers are powered by methane gas, making them able to emit a low-intensity uniform heat without producing flame.The big green machine from FlatLine Technology has led to a sales increase of 37 percent for the team at CSN St. Clair, as well as a decrease in touch time by 18 percent.CSN St. Clair has been running in the Sarnia area since 1960 and this latest addition from FlatLine is sure to help the shop continue to perform quality work in their community.For more information on FlatLine’s spray tech offerings, visit flatlinessi.com.




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