HBC cancels Saks Off Fifth store in Montreal Eaton Centre — but

TORONTO — European sports chain Decathlon is replacing Saks Off Fifth in a spot over two floors at the Montreal Eaton Centre.Hudson’s Bay Company says it and mall developer Ivanhoe Cambridge have mutually agreed to no longer open a Saks Off Fifth location.The Toronto-based department store chain owner tells The Canadian Press that plans for the location have been abandoned “due to a number of factors,” but refused to reveal what those factors are.A spokesman for the Montreal Eaton Centre owner confirmed that the store would not be opening, but also did not provide a reason why.FAO Schwarz comes to Canada with holiday pop-ups at all Hudson’s Bay Co. storesHudson’s Bay Co. shares surge on news of partnership with European rival SignaHudson’s Bay pulling Ivanka Trump clothing line due to lack of salesFrance-based sporting goods store Decathlon will open in the Saks space next fall, the first for a downtown location in Canada.“This location in the downtown core, which is a relatively new approach for us, will enable us to deliver even more effectively on our brand promise, which is to make sport accessible to as many people as we can,” Tristan Vende of Decathlon Canada said in news release.Ivanhoe Cambridge leasing vice-president Jean Landry said the opening of Decathlon is one of the highlights of its $200-million revitalization project for a property that once housed the Eaton’s department store and adjacent mall.Decathlon operates more than 1,400 stores in 42 countries and generates almost $13 billion in annual sales.In addition, European-based Time Out Market will open in Canada for the first time in the mall. It will offer 16 food options, two bars, a demo kitchen, cooking academy and retail shop.HBC announced in late 2015 that the purveyor of discount designer clothing and other goods would open at the centre in 2018, as part of the brand’s Canadian expansion.The company said that the store would take over about 4,165 square meters (44,850 square feet) in the Montreal Eaton Centre and Complexe Les Ailes spaces that merged in 2016.HBC says it operates 18 Saks Off Fifth locations in Canada in cities including Ottawa, Winnipeg and Niagara-on-the-lake, Vaughan and Pickering, Ont. read more

Côte dIvoire Annan asks UN human rights office to probe deadly political

“Following requests from the Monitoring Committee, as well as President Laurent Gbagbo and Prime Minister Seydou Diarra, urging the United Nations to institute an international commission of inquiry to investigate the tragic events that occurred in Abidjan on 25 March 2004, the Secretary-General has asked the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to take the lead in the establishment of such a Commission, which will commence its work as soon as possible,” UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters.The Monitoring Committee was set up in January 2003 under the agreement reached in Linas-Marcoussis, France, ending fierce civil fighting in Côte d’Ivoire and setting up a government of national unity. Violent attacks broke out at the March demonstrations in the main commercial centre of Abidjan, where sporadic shooting was heard, according to the UN Mission in Côte d’Ivoire (MINUCI). MINUCI staff members reported later that they have had great difficulty in conducting their investigation of the events.According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the number of deaths in Abidjan ranged from a government report of 37 to an opposition estimate of 300. One person was also killed and 25 wounded during demonstrations in the capital, Yamoussoukro, OCHA said.Referring to the investigation, Ms. Okabe said: “The Secretary-General expects all Ivorian authorities and political forces to extend all the necessary cooperation to this Commission.” He also called on all Ivorians to exercise restraint and avoid any steps that could cause further deterioration in the situation in the country. read more