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Sears Canada creditor process was biased toward liquidation, former exec says

Brandon Stranzl, former CEO of Sears Canada, speaks to media regarding an Ontario court decision to grant the liquidation of the remaining Sears Canada stores across the country in Toronto on Oct. 30, 2017. Frank Gunn/CP

TORONTO — Sears Canada‘s former executive chairman says his bid to buy the embattled retailer was well-reasoned but the creditor protection process was biased toward liquidation.

Brandon Stranzl says the creditor process which Sears entered in June was structured as a sale rather than a recovery from the beginning.

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He adds that after he stepped away from his role to focus on submitting a bid there was no leadership in the room to guide the process towards a solution that would allow Sears to keep its doors open.

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Stranzl had been in weeks-long discussions with the embattled retailer to buy it and continue to operate it, but no deal was reached.

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Sears Canada began liquidation sales at its roughly 130 remaining stores across the country on Oct. 19.

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Stranzl says he is saddened for the thousands of employees who have or will lose their jobs.

“There is nothing good to say to anybody who lost their job in this way,” he said. “I really feel your pain.”

— With a file from Global News reporter Maham Abedi

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