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This article is about the Canadian catalogue store. For other companies with the same or similar name, see ShopRite (disambiguation).

Shop-Rite was a chain of catalogue stores in Ontario, Canada that operated from the 1970s to 1982. In a catalogue store, customers would browse the catalogue in the store, select their merchandise and apply to the store clerk for the item.

The chain began in London, Ontario, and was acquired by the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) in 1972[1] when it had just four stores. HBC, which operates the Bay department store chain and other retailers expanded the chain to 60 stores within three years and built a large distribution centre in Brampton.[2]

In November 1981, the chain had 65 stores in Ontario when HBC announced that it would close the unprofitable chain on January 30, 1982.[2] Shop-Rite had been running annual losses of $3 million as a result of waning consumer interest.[2] It was expected that it would cost the Bay $8 million to close the chain, and that about 10 per cent of Shop-Rite's staff would be offered jobs in the Bay.[2] Wally Evans, president of the Bay at the time, said that in order to make the business viable, it would have to expand outside of Ontario, but that it did not have the money to do so.[2]

Shop-Rite was unable to compete with Consumers Distributing, which had over 400 catalogue stores in 1981 and sales of 40 per cent more per store than Shop-Rite.[2] Consumers closed in 1996.

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  1. ^ HBC Heritage
  2. ^ a b c d e f "600 to lose jobs as Bay closes Shop-Rite stores". The Ottawa Citizen. 1981-11-18. Retrieved 2011-11-22.