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tb!s the bargain shop originated as the Canadian division of the Woolworth's retail chain, which started doing business in Canada in the 1920's.
Woolworth became a local institution in many cities and towns across the country. In the late 1990's, the US corporate parent was looking to divest their General Merchandise division, and as a result tb!s the bargain shop became a truly Canadian private company through a management led buy-out. Under its new incorporated name, tb!s the bargain shop Holdings Inc. acquired 85 locations across Canada. Although we changed our name, we have tried to maintain and build on the famous Woolworth heritage, by holding onto our strong neighborhood and community focus. We continue to offer our trusted and loyal customers quality merchandise at everyday low prices. We're very proud to be one of Canada's emerging home-grown success stories! There are many factors that contribute to our achievements. Part of it is due to our values that are based on respect, enthusiasm and hard work. Also, from the very beginning, we have listened to what is important to our customers. We were told that quality merchandise at great prices far outweighed fancy stores and fixtures. We also took note when people told us how important it is to be able to shop right in their own community. We listened and continue to listen, as we strive to meet our customers’ needs with every decision we make. We proudly serve Canadians in their own neighborhoods and small towns from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island, and we are looking forward to the next 250 stores!
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