The Bargain! Shop
|Discount store chain|
|Products||Clothing, grocery, footwear, bedding, beauty products, and housewares.|
The Bargain! Shop originated as a closeout store division of Woolworth Canada, developed out of some of the bankrupt assets of Bargain Harold's in 1991. The chain averaged 10,000 square feet (930 m2) and grew into 90 stores within just a year of its establishment.
In late 1993, in order to try to make the Woolworth variety stores profitable in Canada, 101 of 123 Woolworth stores were converted to The Bargain! Shop, therefore bringing the total number of stores to 194. Some of the larger Woolco stores were also converted to The Bargain! Shop.
In late 1999, in a rush to try to pay the debt on time, Venator Group Inc. closed 109 stores (including all stores in the province of Quebec) and sold the rest of The Bargain! Shop chain to a Canadian investment company. However, the closures only reduced sales from $259 million to about $100 million.
In September 2012, The Bargain! Shop began re-branding their stores to MyMark in cities and Red Apple in rural towns.
On February 26, 2013, The Bargain! Shop commenced court-supervised restructuring proceedings under the Companies Creditors Arrangement Act, Ernst & Young, Inc. was appointed the Trustee by the Ontario Court.
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