Woman trapped in Hudson’s Bay store is rescued

A woman became trapped in a Downtown Toronto Hudson’s Bay store after it closed Wednesday evening. Emily Keeler had been shopping at the Yonge and Bloor Hudson’s Bay store (which until recently was expected to become a Saks Fifth Avenue store) when she discovered that the store had been closed and she could not get out. Ms. Keeler fortunately had access to her Twitter account and provided comment and photos of her experience.

We and others watched on Twitter while Ms. Keeler sought ways to exit the store. Some Twitter followers made light of the situation: for example, references to the popular 1980’s children’s TV show Today’s Special (which took place after hours at Toronto’s Simpson’s department store, now the flagship Hudson’s Bay ‘Queen Street’ store). 

After various attempts to find her way out, a store manager (or managers?) set her free. The entire ordeal appears to have lasted about 40 minutes. Ms. Keeler has declined to provide interviews on her experience.

[Hudson’s Bay website]

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Craig Patterson
Craig Patterson
Now located in Toronto, Craig is a retail analyst and consultant at the Retail Council of Canada. He's also the Director of Applied Research at the University of Alberta School of Retailing in Edmonton. He has studied the Canadian retail landscape for the past 25 years and he holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws Degrees. He is also President & CEO of Vancouver-based Retail Insider Media Ltd.

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