Rona sale reduces our retail footprint

Rona sale reduces our retail footprint

With all the chatter and debate about reducing carbon footprints, I’m wondering if it might be time to consider reducing our ‘retail’ footprint in Canada. The past 12 months has seen some spectacular retail failures, most notably the decision by the Target chain to pack up and head home. We may never see a more classic case of a foreign retailer doing such a horrible job of trying to read the minds of consumers in the Great White North. Was it not obvious that Target had nothing much to offer that wasn’t already open for business?

Perhaps they thought they could be another Ikea? That magic brand arrived in my hometown of Winnipeg just over three years ago, but it was something of a running gag for many years before that. Since the mid-1990’s, Blue Bomber fans had been saying “How can we possibly call ourselves a great city without an Ikea store?” Whatever it is, the magic must still be working because Ikea is adding stores all over the place, while Target is just a bad memory. 

How about the home-improvement chain called Lowe’s? Winnipeg still doesn’t have one of their stores, but Regina, which doesn’t have Ikea, has had a Lowe’s for quite a while. Now it looks like Lowe’s is about to swallow up Rona, and should we care about that? It’s a move that seems to be purely driven by the Canadian Peso, better known as the Loonie. 

I’m not into home improvement, and never having been a person who considered shopping to be recreation, I have trouble to relating to a lot of this. But I do like Ikea for those amazing 75-cent hotdogs. And I can’t help but wonder, will Rona still have that wonderful free popcorn when the sign on the building changes? We have to know that!



Roger Currie
Authored by: Roger Currie

Roger Currie has been a writer, broadcaster and storyteller in Canada for more than 40 years. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Roger occasionally studied at the University of Manitoba. He began his broadcasting career at CJOB in 1970, spending a total of 20 years there, including nine years as host of one of Canada’s first all-information morning shows. He also spent a total of 11 very rewarding years in Regina where his family roots run deep. He is once again active on radio, doing commentaries and a daily newscast on CJNU. He also serves on the board of the Nostalgia Broadcasting Cooperative. Roger has served on the boards of the major food banks in both Winnipeg and Regina. He also serves on the board of the Manitoba Lung Association. As a writer, Roger has done articles and columns for a variety of publications, both locally and nationally. In 2007, he wrote his first book. MTC 50 tells the story of the first half century of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. Movies are Roger’s greatest passion. He has served on film classification boards in both Manitoba and Ontario. Roger is a father and grandfather. He lives in Winnipeg with his wife Janice.

There are 2 comments for this article
  1. Bradley McKay at 2:50 pm

    Yet another Canadian retailer selling out to the Americans. Lets just throw up the stars and stripes and be done with it.

  2. Lynn Saindon at 2:30 pm

    It is sad that another Canadian establishment is bought out by our neighbors, however it is not a surprise.
    For various obvious reasons, Rona could not compete with Home Depot. The popcorn was probably the main attraction for some of the consumers. It was just a matter of time!