Granted, this isn't the 1950's. But is Calvin on to something? And will Sears Canada give over more prime retail space for Nordstrom's Canadian expansion?
An industry insider speculates Sears will concentrate on smaller markets and suburbs while selling-off its larger downtown and some prime suburban space to increase cashflow. This could pave the way for more Canadian Nordstrom locations. This is speculative and Calvin McDonald, himself, says he wants Sears Canada's flagship location to remain at the Toronto Eaton Centre.
|Toronto's Yorkdale Mall includes a 190,000 sq ft Sears. Nordstrom wants it. Image: Wikipedia|
An insider at Oxford Properties expressed frustration with Sears' lack of cooperation in releasing some prime leases, including Sears' Yorkdale Shopping Centre location. Nordstrom is said to want it, and Oxford wants to deliver. Yorkdale recently went through a major expansion as we previously reported.
Sears might just become a successful retailer. Sears Canada is using its credit card database to study past consumer spending. It hopes this information will direct it to target shoppers and increase sales.
Sears Canada's customer database was initiated in 1953 and includes about 4.5 million credit card holders. Analysis led to the re-introduction of Sears' Jessica fashion line, and management hopes further analysis will be able to determine consumer wants and needs, including the requirement for a new bed mattress or new shoes, for example.
Sears Canada is struggling financially, and its CEO Calvin McDonald wants to make it profitable by 2014. This is a tall order considering that Sears has reported losses for the past 12 quarters.
|Sears CEO Calvin McDonald. Possibly describing Dolly Parton. Image: http://southbayview.blogspot.ca|
We are watching Sears Canada closely, as it may still be a viable Canadian retailer. At the same time, we're rooting for Sears to give up prime retail leases so Nordstrom, Simons and other interested retailers can comfortably continue their Canada-wide expansions in a market with limited retail space.
Sears Canada webiste: www.sears.ca