Kap escapes cuts as Sears files for bankruptcy protection
Sears Canada Inc. plans to close 59 locations across the country and cut approximately 2,900 jobs under a court-supervised restructuring.
The struggling retailer says it will close 20 full-line locations, plus 15 Sears Home stores, 10 Sears Outlet stores and 14 Sears Hometown locations.
Kapuskasing’s Sears Hometown Store will not be one of those affected by the cuts.
“Sears hometown store in Kapuskasing is not on the large list of sears stores that are closing as per announcement today,” said local franchise owner, Chris Rody. “We are open for business as usual, as we work through these circumstances.”
The announcement came after the company was granted temporary court protection from creditors under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act this morning.
Under the plan, Sears Canada has been authorized by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to obtain up to $450 million in financing to maintain operations throughout the restructuring.
The struggling retailer has piled up losses over several years and seen its stock dive, losing more than 80 per cent of its value in the last year, despite efforts to reinvent itself at a time.
Headquartered in Toronto, Sears Canada had 94 department stores, 23 Sears Home stores and 10 outlets prior to the CCAA restructuring.
It says it hopes to exit court protection as soon as possible in 2017.
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