Canadian Tire grows again with PartSource
Since its origins as a family company in 1922, Canadian Tire has become a national icon and a handyman's addiction. The company showed a year-end profit for over 60 years, but a disastrous foray into the U.S. in the 1980s put the corporation on shaky financial ground. Nasty family bickering also threatened to tear the empire apart. CBC Digital Archives takes a look at Canadian Tire's turbulent years, when loyal customers and innovation paved the road to rebirth.
• In acquiring Mark's Work Wearhouse, the company had taken over what its website calls "one of the country's leading retailers of work, work-related, casual and active-wear categories." Mark's was the brainchild of Mark Blumes, a former retail executive with the Hudson's Bay Company. The first store opened in 1977 in Calgary and by 2009 the chain had grown to over 350 locations across the country. In Quebec, as of 2007 it had some 40 stores under the banner L'Équipeur ( "Oufitter").
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: Aug. 25, 1999
Guest(s): Staphen Bachand, James Okamura
Host: Alison Smith
Reporter: Raj Ahluwalia
Last updated: February 10, 2012
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