The company, founded more than 40 years ago, will focus on 12 remaining Sail locations, including eight in Quebec and four in Ontario, as well as its e-commerce business. Montréal, QC In addition to the challenges presented by the pandemic, both Sail and Sportium faced new competition in recent years.

Sail Outdoors Inc. has filed for bankruptcy protection so it can restructure amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Thursday, the company revealed that repositioning would include closing all four Sportium stores, closing the banner for good (its ecommerce site will continue operating for “a while,” a press release said).

That includes an impressive 75,000-square-foot flagship store at Quartier DIX30 which opened in the fall of 2019 as well as a renovated downtown Montreal flagship. Be the first to know! Regardless of being open, public health officials continue to advise against travelling between regions, in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 from larger urban centres to smaller communities that may not be able to handle the toll of an outbreak. 514-790-0800, Reception Large-format sports retailer Sportium operates four stores in Quebec cities of Québec City, Saint-Hubert, Laval and Kirkland, all of which will be closing.

Please try again. Therefore it was a natural market. “There is a high-density population and the disposable income is higher than anywhere else in Montreal. But we need to cover north, south, east and west, and the West Island was a natural market place for us,” Décarie said. SAIL operates 14 standalone large-box stores with eight of those locations in the province of Quebec and six in Ontario. As Montrealers head increasingly indoors, concerns over air quality and the spread of COVID-19 is on the rise. *This story has been updated since its publication date to reflect the confirmed store closures, including all Sportium stores and two SAIL locations. No part of any of the content of this website may be reproduced, distributed, modified, framed, cached, adapted or linked to, or made available in any form by any photographic, electronic, digital, mechanical, photostat, microfilm, xerography or other means, or incorporated into or used in any information storage and retrieval system, electronic or mechanical, without the prior written permission of Retail Insider Media Ltd. or the applicable third party copyright owner. Kirkland's also operates stores in Tupelo and Tuscaloosa, Alabama. We have enabled email notifications—you will now receive an email if you receive a reply to your comment, there is an update to a comment thread you follow or if a user you follow comments. No exchanges or refunds in store will be accepted as of June 12, 2020. ft. Sail location and 70,000 sq.

on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Two Sail stores in Ontario – one in Vaughan and one in Etobicoke – will also close, following liquidation sales that are set to begin soon (both banners have reopened in Quebec and Ontario after spending roughly two months closed due to COVID-19). Filings say the company’s total debt exceeds $100 million, against roughly $300 million in annual sales last year. Unauthorized distribution, transmission or republication strictly prohibited. “It’s got everything here,” said one customer. Decathlon has since opened more stores in the Montreal and Quebec City markets as well as in southern Ontario. Sign-up for this newsletter to get breaking news alerts sent right to your inbox and to get a heads-up on some of the highlights coming-up on the radio station. The number will be reduced to 12 when two units shutter. 514-989-2523, Newsroom

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A Sail outdoor store is seen in Brossard, Que. Exclusive opportunities for deals and pre-sales.

“The closure of six [Sportium] stores, which means the end of the Sportium banner, is a heartbreaking but necessary decision that will allow us to keep the most promising SAIL outlets,” said Norman Décarie, President and Chief Executive Officer of SAIL Outdoors Inc. “For several years now, the retail industry has been undergoing a major transformation characterized, among other things, by an increase in online sales and heightened competition,” said Norman Décarie. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Décarie said Sportium is aware of the changing retail landscape in terms of online sales and service. The company hopes to turn around its retail business and restore its financial health.

Browse through our great selection of sports equipment! We encountered an issue signing you up. “For example, we don’t sell skis, snow boards or golf equipment. And we felt there was a hole with the English community.

Premier Francois Legault tried to sound an upbeat note Tuesday, as Quebec reported 34 new deaths due to COVID-19, by telling Quebecers how well they’re doing compared to elsewhere.

MONTREAL -- We made the decision not to go in all directions,” said Décarie.

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Known in the industry to outsell nearly all other swimwear stores in North America, Swimco had a reputation for being professional and positive. West Island businesses get financial boost from Quebec government, West Island of Montreal Chamber of Commerce hands out business awards, Pointe-Claire will soon allow home-based businesses, tap here to see other videos from our team. SAIL Outdoors Inc. said that this will allow it to obtain necessary support during the implementation of its restructuring plan. Over the last three years, both the Sail and Sportium banners continued with plans to expand in both Quebec and Ontario, including a a 50,000 sq. “When it comes to hockey, we’re definitely face to face (with competitors). We apologize, but this video has failed to load. Quebec's largest sports store opens in Kirkland. He is also President & CEO of Vancouver-based Retail Insider Media Ltd. Retail Insider’s website update is part of an expansion for the company which has become Canada's most-read retail industry news source.

Toronto Our 100% e-commerce dedicated distribution centre, inaugurated last November, demonstrates our commitment to continue to innovate and evolve the company in line with the market and consumer needs,” said Mr. Décarie.

The move comes two days after the Quebec-based company said it filed for creditor protection under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act due to the pressure of having its stores were shuttered for several weeks because of measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Although the two-storey store caters to traditional sports like hockey, baseball, basketball, soccer and football equipment, it also carries racquet and fitness equipment. Billed as Quebec’s largest sports store, the 53,000-square-foot building is located along Highway 40 in Kirkland, next to the Provigo grocery store just east of St. Charles Blvd. The restructuring will see it end the Sportium brand by closing locations in Quebec City, St-Hubert, Laval and Kirkland at the conclusion of a liquidation sale that will start in a few days.

Sportiums closing Sail stores in Vaughan and Etobicoke will close as part of the restructuring, while the Sportium brand will be eliminated — liquidation sales will start at locations in Quebec City, St-Hubert, Laval, and Kirkland in a few days, CP reported. A major clearance sale is underway as our Sportium stores will be closing soon. Visit our Community Guidelines for more information and details on how to adjust your email settings.

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