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James Reid: Behaving with integrity
Written by Michael J. Knell   

FROM THE HGO MERCHANDISER

It's been said the overwhelming majority of new business start-ups are lucky to reach their fifth anniversary. To reach that milestone 32 consecutive times under the ownership and management of four generations of a single family is truly remarkable. It's so rare there are barely a handful of furniture retailers across North America who can claim membership in this truly elite club. Indeed, some experts maintain only 3% of all family-owned businesses, regardless of the category in which they complete, make it to the fourth generation.

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Parent to sell big stake in Sears Canada thru rights offer
Written by Michael J. Knell   
TORONTO (02 October 2014) - The parent company of Sears Canada has announced it will divest itself of as many as 40 million common shares of its beleaguered subsidiary through a rights offering that could raise as much as $380 million.
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Facebook fans design Leon's flyer cover
Written by Michael J. Knell   
TORONTO (30 September 2014) - Some 1,000 of its Facebook Fans took part in creating the latest Leon's Furniture promotional flyer which hit the streets across Canada yesterday. This was the latest move in the retailer's emerging and expanding social media strategy.
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Moe's named Vancouver's best
Written by HGO Staff   
VANCOUVER (29 September 2014) - Moe's Home Collection has been named this city's Best Independent Furniture Store for a second consecutive year by the readers of local lifestyle and entertainment newspaper The Georgia Strait.
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Fraser's ITEM opens its doors
Written by Michael J. Knell   
MONTREAL (29 September 2014) - Ross Fraser, scion of one of this country's oldest furniture retailing families, has opened ITEM, a urban lifestyle store he believes will "surprise, excite and inspire these who seek to rejuvenate and personalise their interiors" with an eclectic mix of furniture, accessories and other products for both home and self.
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