The End of the Mail-order Business

The Army and Navy "Bargain Catalogue" of the mail-order department store continued to be published out of Regina until 1985. The Leader-Post indicated that the company decided to cease publication because the rural population was smaller (circulation had dropped to 100 000) and they were more mobile than in the early years; at the same time, postal service had declined and costs had increased. In 1998, CEO Garth Kennedy died and management of the company passed to Samuel's granddaughter Jacqui Cohen. The head office moved from Regina to Vancouver. The Moose Jaw store closed in 2000, followed by the other two Saskatchewan stores. The mail-order business is no more, although business is still brisk at the department stores. Two new stores were recently opened in Langley, BC, in 2001, and the newest store, in Edmonton's Londonderry Mall in November 2003.
by Catherine C. Cole

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