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What happened to Eaton's?

T. Eaton Company was formed shortly after Canadian Confederation and soon became rooted in the country's cultural landscape. The department store was part of Canadian life. The Eaton's mail-order catalogue was called the "Family Bible" and the company's lavish Santa Claus parade launched the Christmas season. When the last Eaton's store closed its doors on Feb. 26, 2002 many Canadians mourned its death. It wasn't the business empire they would miss, but the loss of a national institution.

A look at the Eaton's legacy now that it's filed for bankruptcy protection and an interview with George Eaton.

Medium: Television
Program: The National Magazine
Broadcast Date: Feb. 27, 1997
Guests: Michael Bliss, George Eaton, Richard Talbot
Host: Alison Smith
Reporter: Tom Alderman
Duration: 11:59

Last updated: September 17, 2013

Page consulted on February 21, 2014

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