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|Headquarters||Mississauga, Ontario, Canada|
Number of locations
|258 (Apr 2017)|
|Products||Clothing, footwear, bedding, furniture, jewellery, beauty products, toys, and housewares|
Winners Merchants International L.P is a chain of off-price Canadian department stores owned by TJX Companies. Winners is not to be mistaken for an outlet store as it has thousands of vendors from around the world. New products are delivered to a Winners store several times a week, each delivery containing thousands of items (replenishment of the same stock is not guaranteed).
It offers brand name clothing, footwear, bedding, furniture, fine jewellery, beauty products, and housewares. Products are at a 20-60% discount rate everyday and generally does not carry the same merchandise for a whole season. Winners does not sell products online. Winners is a partnered retailer to department stores HomeSense and Marshalls. Winners' market niche is similar to the American store T.J. Maxx.
In 1982, Winners was founded in Toronto, Ontario by David Margolis and Neil Rosenberg. It was one of the first off-price department stores in Canada. In 1990, Winners merged with TJX Companies, the world's largest off-price department store owner.
Since late 2001, Winners stores have been paired with HomeSense, a home accessory retailer owned by Winners Merchants, modelled on TJX's American HomeGoods stores. Winners acquired the struggling "Labels" brand from Dylex in 2001. Labels was meant to compete with Winners, but never succeeded. Most Labels stores have been turned into Homesense stores.
Les Ailes de la Mode opened a similar concept under the Labels banner after Winners did not renew its trademark on the name.
In 2016, CBC's Marketplace investigated Winner's "compared at" pricing and found that retail price of the manufacture can be misleading and inaccurate. For example, "researchers at Marketplace found that a Risk board game at Winners was being sold for $49.99, with a "compared at" price of $100.00. However, the game was available at full price from retailer F.G Bradley's Canadian website for $74.99."
Winners responded by saying "compared at" prices are accurate and fair but says that this misunderstanding could be a result of an error in pricing merchandise due to their large volume of product intake. Winners contacted various manufacturing companies after this dispute, including the Risk board game.
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