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Canadian Tire goes toe-to-toe with Home Depot and Wal-Mart

The Story

The odds of competing directly with Home Depot and Wal-Mart seem stacked against most Canadian retailers in 1999. Sears and The Bay are already floundering, but Canadian Tire is one notable exception. Since the two mammoth American companies came north in the mid-1990s, they've overwhelmed large and small operations alike. But Canadian Tire has stood tall in their midst. In fact, as we see in this clip from CBC-TV's Canada Now, a huge renovation is taking place at the flagship outlet at Yonge and Bloor in Toronto. When complete, it will have three separate floors and will be the biggest Canadian Tire store in the country.

Medium: Television
Program: Canada Now
Broadcast Date: Aug. 8, 2002
Guests: Gary Stamm, Benjamin Tal
Reporter: Terry Cain
Duration: 2:06

Did You know?

• Canadian Tire says its strength in the face of increased competition may be due to geographic proximity. On its website, the company says that "More than 90% of the population lives within 15 minutes of a Canadian Tire store". They also state that "More than 80% of the population shops at Canadian Tire stores every year".



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