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Mastermind Toys to expand across Canada

Published on: September 21st, 2017

Company is shrugging off the challenges that have beset the retail sector with plans to open more stores this year.

The Canadian retailer said it’s opening its 56th store in Orleans, Ontario. Tuesday and plans to have locations open later this year in Sudbury, Ontario, Langford, British Columbia, Fredericton, and Toronto.

The new stores are in addition to the seven Mastermind has already opened this year, while, since 2011, the retailer has opened 50 new toy stores as it expands out of Toronto to now have stores in seven provinces.

The latest expansion news comes after Toys R Us filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States, saying it intends to follow suit in Canada as online competition takes an increasing toll on in-person retailers.

Brick and mortar retailers continue to face pressure from online competition and changing consumer taste, helping lead to high profile restructurings including Sears Canada’s bankruptcy protection this past June.

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