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Liquidation World to close

Thursday, December 12, 2013   by: SooToday.com Staff

Local Liquidation World employees received some bad news recently when they were informed their store will be closing in the near future.

The Sault Ste. Marie store on Trunk Road has been in operation since 2007.

The US parent company Big Lots, who purchased Liquidation World just two years ago announced January 5, by press release, that they are closing all 73 Canadian Liquidation World stores and five Big Lots Canadian stores.

The press release, which also reported the company's fiscal third quarter results, said in part "We acquired a struggling Canadian business in July 2011 with the intention of revitalizing it and using it as the base for bringing extreme value merchandising and the Big Lots brand to customers in Canada. Over the last two years, we have invested in this business and our team in Canada has worked diligently to turn it around. However, we have not been able to gain the necessary traction in the Canadian marketplace that had originally been anticipated".

According to the Big Lots press release, they intend on ceasing operation of their Canadian stores in the first quarter of the 2014 fiscal year.
 

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jojo12345 12/12/2013 11:06:33 AM Report

keep selling our Business to Foreign Country
They come here just to sell our business but Canada bring them in and take over our business
Oh well when everyone be without a job maybe they will wake up
mac2 12/12/2013 11:16:00 AM Report

lol, friggen jojo
Retreaded 12/12/2013 11:22:35 AM Report

I will miss that store and feel badly for the hard working staff.
kamen 12/12/2013 11:28:21 AM Report

That sucks....but their prices were from from liquidated......I went in there and was pretty irritated with their prices.....I do feel bad for the staff.....but at least they have a month or two to find a new job before the store closes....
extremeairbrushing 12/12/2013 11:47:03 AM Report

Liquidation? I have seen many items time and time again in there that were marked more expensive by LW than the original Store sticker behind it. I gave up on that place long ago,.. Good prices in the beginning to draw people in but then owners get greedy,..
bfroggi 12/12/2013 11:47:05 AM Report

I work at Liquidation World. My heart is broken, as well as those of my coworkers. All we will have left for shopping is Walmart! :(
Retreaded 12/12/2013 11:58:38 AM Report

Well...we still have the dollar stores and there is a new large store opening in the station mall...hopefully you employees can get on staff there. I wonder also...what is going on at the old Zellers store on great Northern...there seemed to be a lot of activity for awhile but now it just looks completely boarded up.
David Poluck 12/12/2013 12:08:31 PM Report

Maybe we can turn the building back to a roller skating rink!
Gater 12/12/2013 12:11:34 PM Report

Well go figure.. As more and more of you support the U.S with your cross border shopping gas/groceries.etc. More stores are closing on the Canadian sides of border crossings.

Sault Ste Marie Michigan is doing very well . Oh can your sons and daughters get summer jobs over there????
Wisenheimer 12/12/2013 12:11:42 PM Report

Next Sears .. they're burning the furniture to heat the house.
Wisenheimer 12/12/2013 12:17:49 PM Report

U.S. retailers that come to Canada, find out quickly that they are supporting much more than their customers and shareholders.
Lone24 12/12/2013 12:22:27 PM Report

Good point, Gator.
Retreaded 12/12/2013 12:26:25 PM Report

I think sears is hanging on by a thread. When there lease is up at the mall...will they renew? As a family we used to spend a lot of money there but not lately. Prices went up and quality came down .We do no shopping there at all anymore. I think the 29 percent they charged on their sears card cooled off a lot of customers as well...they got greedy.
The Enigma 12/12/2013 12:28:50 PM Report

Yeah, real good point Gater and Lone24. All you people who shop in Soo Michigan should be ashamed of yourselves; you've caused the closure of 73 stores all across the country!
mrmarc 12/12/2013 12:30:53 PM Report

Funny Story,

Last Christmas, my mother bought me a gift from Liquidation World. To her horror when I opened it she saw she left the price tag on it.

I proceeded to remove the price tag for her, and found another price tag underneath. It was from Big Lots and the price was 25% cheaper.

It turned into the joke of Christmas morning.

**This is probably one of the reasons they are closing. A lot of people are on limited budgets for Christmas, and to see they are throwing away their money will deter them from shopping there.
B Boy 12/12/2013 12:39:21 PM Report

Looking beyond the other factors such as cross border shopping, many retailers and employers find Ontario to be an expensive and difficult province to operate in. I worked for a corporation with locations in the US and Canada. In comparison they found Ontario almost prohibitively expensive to operate in.
rlmac 12/12/2013 12:59:55 PM Report

I am sorry for those folks who will be losing their much needed jobs! Losing a much needed income is not only financially devastating but very frightening.

"B Boy" you've hit the nail on the head. Ontario is not only on its way to becoming the "have not" province and a recipient of "equalization payments" to bring it up to par with the other provinces but it is widely known in the business world that it is one of the most expensive, restrictive and uncooperative provinces in the domain.

"David Poluck" you and I are dating ourselves! Bringing back the "roller rink" is a great idea! Many a fun time was enjoyed in the old roller rink. This city could use additional family venues but at an affordable cost. Unfortunately, the property and business taxes in the City along with the crazy utility and insurance costs will likely be cause to ignore the rink idea!
mosquitos 12/12/2013 1:14:23 PM Report

Fault the McWynn liberals. Insurance, energy, taxes, way over-the-top regulation, WSIB criminals. Don't even think of opening a business in Ontario unless you can get an Ontario grant...oh, sorry you don't qualify. Let's see who has left: Caterpillar, Heinz, Kelloggs, Hershey...good job liberals!
CB4 12/12/2013 1:28:08 PM Report

A new dance club
thumbs4208 12/12/2013 1:28:21 PM Report

Jojo got that one right
cdn.chick 12/12/2013 1:40:07 PM Report

The Enigma - What do you have to say to the families that can't afford to buy Canadian groceries? I only shop over there for things me and my family eats. I can't beat the pricing here and when I can get 3 wks worth of food for the same as 1 week over here, you do the math. Canned, boxed and dairy items are NOT worth the Canadian pricing. Fresh fruits and vegis, meats and specialty items I buy Canadian.
I'm not some rich Essar employee nor do I work at all right now. As a student with a family of all growing boys and my husband just back to work after being laid off for a very long time. I go over with roughly $100 once a month to purchase a cart load of the items and whatever is left, goes in for gas, usually $20-30. Shame on you for trying to make the families just trying to get by feel bad for shopping over there. A big middle finger salute to the rest of you with the same opinions on that one too.
Algomasteammaker 12/12/2013 1:42:06 PM Report

People have the rite to shop where they want to, even if it means they prefer to shop in Michigan, and why wouldn't they?? the same merchandise you get here in Canada, you can get there for 30% less and get better treatment from the sales staff.

Sorry for those who will loose their jobs, it's not your fault, you are one of many casualties of big business.

I agree with many of you, Ontario is a very uncooperative place for corporations to do business and one of the most expensive provinces in Canada!
PCL 12/12/2013 1:44:48 PM Report

"Gator" and "The Enigma", The fact that they sell overpriced garbage, under the guise of a "liquidation" type deal, is the reason that they are closing 73 stores across the country. We are all doing what we have to do to keep the lights on and the brown water flowing from the taps. Bring back Wheelies and while your at it, tear down Sears and build a Costco. Give us all a reason to stay. Maybe even give others a reason to come!! Until then, anyone need a jug of milk?
Retreaded 12/12/2013 1:45:46 PM Report

As Canadians we pay a lot of taxes. I feel that whatever money is left over after taxes I should feel I can spend wherever I want...even if that means Michigan.
buddyjewel 12/12/2013 2:08:44 PM Report

I don't believe it's the merchants who are greedy. They fight to keep their head above water in order to offset the continually rising costs of doing business in Ontario. Hydro costs, taxes,rent,insurance,employee costs over and above wages are just a few drivers that hike up prices. It's the Government who are the greedy ones and should be more business friendly coming up with new incentives to encourage business growth. It's their greed that stimulates an underground economy.
I love to say more but, I'm heading to Big Lots across the river and want to beat the bridge traffic.
jojo12345 12/12/2013 2:16:32 PM Report

Well I think this free trade was a big joke
We do have many resource in Canada
But our stupid Government sell everything to other country
We see less and less job in Canada
Selling our business to Foreign Country wont help
All they do they bring more and more peoples from their country
They will hire their friends family before they hire any Canadian
Maybe lot think I am wrong
Look around in the Sault
More and more job is lost
The sault is going down and real fast
Call Center are closing more and more store is closing
Rent are ridiculous price
sometime we think we are living in Toronto
Puc is getting worsted
So in a couple of years from now really wonder what we will do to survive

Shortz 12/12/2013 2:29:59 PM Report

"David Poluck
Maybe we can turn the building back to a roller skating rink"

I had all four of the original speaker cabinets that came out of there. I think I also still have my permanent Wheelies pass kicking around somewhere.
Shortz 12/12/2013 2:30:56 PM Report

Actually, I still have two of the speakers.
Mr E 12/12/2013 2:32:31 PM Report

Worsted? Cripes, we're in trouble.
D.Hasselhoff 12/12/2013 2:32:43 PM Report

Give me a break on the guilt trip of shopping across the border. The reason why I do some shopping across the border is not because its cheaper, but because its not way over priced like it is in this city. Sears is a joke on what they call a "sale" and if it weren't for CT (at times) and Walmart, there would be no other place to get a fair price on the majority of day to day goods in this city. Fashion stores will be a dying breed when H&M gets here as they are priced properly for the products they sell, and all these other stores will either have to conform or close up shop. I myself enjoyed liquidation world and tried to go there as much as possible when i was down at that end of town. In case you've been under a rock for the past 5 years, global shopping has become the norm for many in whatever category of purchasing you deal with and its not the consumers fault if the sellers are not competitive.
D.Hasselhoff 12/12/2013 2:36:09 PM Report

@jojo, try punctuation on your resume. I guarantee your job success rate will skyrocket.
watchingfrom afar 12/12/2013 3:01:31 PM Report

Sears will be next...I doubt that Nordstrom will take their place at Station Mall in the Sault...yuck...down the I-75 to go shopping, I guess...
Slim Shady 12/12/2013 3:01:42 PM Report

@ Gater

With the money I save on gas, food and the differential on the same shitty Chineses goods sold here my kids will be able to get jobs anywhere in Cnada or the USA.

Until we start making stuff here with Canadian jobs and Canadian financial investment I will continue to shop across the border.

Why should I subsidize $10/hr jobs here so that I can pay 30%-40% more for overseas products?
jojo12345 12/12/2013 3:44:17 PM Report

D.Hasselhoff sorry but not looking for a job...feel sorry for the new generation
boogie 12/12/2013 3:47:02 PM Report

Any ideas as to what's being constructed beside Michael's in the Wal Mart plaza?
CTgasman 12/12/2013 3:56:24 PM Report

hey boogie, I heard it was a Pet Smart
Right of Centre 12/12/2013 4:03:13 PM Report

Sears will close, but not just here...nationwide. Sears Canada is being dumped by the Americans.
muf 12/12/2013 5:56:41 PM Report

I bet there are peeps on here that think that losing their local mail carrier will be because of "cross border shopping"
I'm In 12/12/2013 5:57:11 PM Report

@D.Hasselhoff right on, I will never stop shopping in Michigan and for those that say this is the reason Liquidation World is closing cause of cross boarder shopping give your heads a shake and start studying the economic trends. 75% of their products for sale are produced in China and 25% in the US. I don't buy crap made in China or third world countries cause that's what affects employment in Canada. Hell I bought products in the USA made in Canada ex: auto parts, groceries even cheaper. The Canadian government even allows you to bring up to $800.00 home after a 48 hour stay in the USA, get with it folks.
Me Myself an I 12/12/2013 7:05:19 PM Report

this has nothing to do with cross boarder shopping and more to do with a large corporation buying up the competition with the sole purpose of obtaining distribution rights to products
jojo12345 12/13/2013 1:03:38 AM Report

this is because Canada have no power over their country anymore
United State and West Hindus own us
so go with the flow
sisii 12/13/2013 8:30:38 AM Report

@ jojo I agree with you. Global trade makes no sense--Harper is selling us out. Slavery is alive and well. When we no longer manufacture our own food and the pirates start interfering with food shipments we will wake up--too late.
D.Hasselhoff 12/13/2013 8:49:46 AM Report

"global trade makes no sense". WOW. Not only is that statement so far from the truth but you also note issues with slavery and pirates. You can't be serious.
sinikka 12/13/2013 9:23:16 AM Report

Cross border shopping is the main reason why stores cannot be competitive. Those of you who indulge on a weekly basis are directly responsible for the higher pricing locally. Keep saving a few bucks while costing your children and grandchildren jobs. You want your kids to have a job here in the soo yet you dump your money in the usa. Take a bow , you are responsible . Also to the canadian chick , you are talking from both sides of your mouth. A big middle finger to you as your actions are what caused your husband to be laid off in the first place.
rlmac 12/13/2013 9:45:59 AM Report

If our provincial government goes ahead with the additional 10 cent tax hike plus a 1 cent HST hike on gasoline across the whole province to support the Toronto Transit System improvements (as recommended by a commissioned "transit" report released yesterday!)I predict that EVERY Saultite will be crossing that bridge for gas! Perhaps those criticizing folks who can't afford to buy essentials on this side of the border should be careful in what they say. They could be shopping over there themselves if things keep going the way they are! It just never seems to end in this province!
D.Hasselhoff 12/13/2013 12:42:21 PM Report

@sinnika so you've never bought anything online? The world is a lot larger than Sault Ontario and if you think that the people crossing the border to shop is in direct relation to a liquidation store being closed down, than your problems stem much deeper than your lack of global economics.
Working Man 12/13/2013 11:22:00 PM Report

Gator,

There are only 3 borders in Ontario. Tell me exactly how it is affecting Windsor, or Sarnia, as an example. More people will listen to you if you give all the facts, not just the evidence of the crappy businesses in the Sault.

Explain for example how the U.S closed Burger King down. How did the States close our bowling alley down, Ubetcha, both of our mini-putts, etc. Or perhaps Quizno's. Or how about Bonanza. I can go on forever.. Bonanza was good. But, hey.

Ok, ok, they have a better mini-putt than we ever did. Well there you go.

The Canadian Walmart put Zellers out of business. They were a better store and a better business.

But, can you think of one gas station that closed down because some Canadians went across to save $15 bucks in gas on a single trip plus their savings on groceries? Ok, the station on Pim and Bruce right? Lol.. Esso must be having a hard time here then. lol..

Any rich successful person would suggest a low-medium income earner to shop frugally and get the best deal for what they are shopping for. The only successful people that don't advise that, are the business owners that want you to buy their stuff and not others. EG. "Don't buy a vehicle from the U.S just to save 5grand, buy from me and spend that much more to help out our community". The best slogan they can come up with............ How incredible....

I'd rather go across, save 5grand on a vehicle and get a free gun, plus 50 dollars in savings from gas and groceries. That is a better slogan and a better deal. How about a 15 dollar 40ozer while i'm at it(it would save me 20bucks on booze right there)......

We definitely have better food for the most part, here in canada. Sure, they have bulk sized tubs of cottage cheese that are 3 times the size of ours. But, the sodium levels are way too high. Or their Tuna cans that are 4 times the size of ours with a huge amount of sodium in them. Not my bag, but if you can find them in 'low-sodium' I am all for it. If you aren't concerned about salt in your food, then I am not against shopping US for that matter.

Rich people should purchase more locally! Not be those cheap frugal guys who only want the poor and middle class to spend all their money on their stuff. Real successful people not only think of themselves, but other people as well!

"seek to understand first, not just to be understood by other people and expect them to buy your stuff"
-Quote from me, personally.

That goes for all you local business owner crapheads!

IB-fine 12/15/2013 10:09:50 AM Report

Since LW was bought out by Big Lots they no longer had the great deals from buying from businesses that had shut down. Boxes full of products from closed drug stores, Radio Shack and small retailers gone!
I bought: duvet covers for $5, Coldwater Creek clothes for $8 a a piece that normally sell for $75 a piece, batteries for my cordless phones for $3, and on and on.
With the Big Lots take over, it was pretty well the same as going to any other department store and only "sale" items were a good deal. No longer was there items from closed stores, yes things were "neater" in the aisles, but the real deals were gone and so was I.
It's a shame we have to lose another store to a USA conglomerate making these decisions but when Big Lots across the river have much better deals it makes no sense to the pricing here.
They shot themselves in the foot with over pricing and no longer having the "liquidation" part!
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