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Hart Stores

Company nameHart Stores Inc.
Company typePublic
IndustryRetail
HeadquartersLaval, Quebec
Key peopleMichael Hart
Employees1225

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:For the defunct American retail chain, see Harts Stores.Hart Stores Inc. (TSX - HIS) is a junior mid-sized discount department store dominant in the region of Eastern Canada. It was founded in 1960 by Harry Hart, in Rosemère, Quebec. Hart stores are based in the provinces of Québec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador and Ontario. The head office was originally based in the Montréal borough of Anjou but moved to Laval, a northern suburb of Montréal, in early 2006.The company currently operates 90 stores across Canada, branded as Hart, Bargain Giant or Géant des aubaines, primarily in smaller and suburban markets.

From a historical level of losses, before the plan of arrangement, the company began to report sustained and consistent profits under new leadership. In fiscal 2006 the company reported net profits of $7.0 million.

On October 23, 2007 the company was charged and fined by the Ontario Ministry of Labour for violating safety regulations after a worker's head was crushed.


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