Fields may not close after all

  • Mar. 27, 2012 5:00 p.m.

By Jane Wilson-Bargain-hunting islanders will be relieved to learn that Fields in Masset may not close after all.A newly-formed company is negotiating to buy the leases on 37 Fields locations, said Tiffany Bourre, external communications manager for the Hudson’s Bay Company, Fields’ parent. The Masset location is included in those 37, and so may be spared after all.The HBC expanded the chain through 2006 to 2008, but announced last December that it would close all 167 branches this year. At the time, the reason given was that HBC was focusing on its Home Outfitters, The Bay and Lord & Taylor banners instead.The tentative agreement to buy the leases has been reached with FHC Enterprises, formed by Jason MacDougal, a Vancouver businessman and owner of the McFrougals Discount Outlet. Ms Bourre says more information may be available soon.The news will come as a relief to the 60 people who have joined the “Save Fields in Masset” facebook site, the seven on-island employees of the Masset store and many customers of the discount business, which has been in operation on the island since the 1970s.

Just Posted

Broken axle New Hazelton derailment could happen again: TSB

Derailment by New Hazelton caused by a broken axle can happen again without different way to inspect

Terrace resident’s bill banning single-use plastics introduced in Ottawa

MP Nathan Cullen’s presented Ben Korving’s private member’s bill Wednesday

Mold shuts down construction at QC supportive housing project

Construction of the new 19-unit modular housing complex in Queen Charlotte has… Continue reading

Conservation office launches new gaurdian role for Haida Gwaii

Possition developed in part to improve partnerships with Haida Nation

B.C. BUDGET: Surplus $374 million after bailouts of BC Hydro, ICBC

Growth projected stronger in 2020, Finance Minister Carole James says

Sell regulated heroin to curb B.C.’s overdose problem: report

B.C. Centre on Substance Use points to organized crime and money-laundering as contributing factors

BC SPCA investigates Okanagan woman with prior animal abuse convictions

BC SPCA is investigating a property near Vernon

Man wanted for sex trafficking, confinement may be heading to B.C.

Kevin Myrthil, 26, is also accused of assault on a 19-year-old woman at an Edmonton hotel

B.C. Speaker Darryl Plecas resumes battle with suspended staff

Committee meets at B.C. legislature to consider new allegations

Former B.C. fire chief sues his city after termination

Keith Green’s civil claim says that he believes he was wrongfully terminated

B.C. man injured in police shooting now in wheelchair

“Shots were fired by police and the Kelowna man was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.”

Risk of ‘deadly avalanches’ leads to warning for B.C.’s south coast

Weak layer of snow on Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland could trigger an avalanche

Peter Tork, Monkees’ lovable bass-guitar player, dies at 77

Tork, Micky Dolenz, David Jones and Michael Nesmith formed the made-for-television rock band

From a drunk judge to Clifford Olson: George Garrett recounts a life in B.C. news radio

New book from ‘Intrepid Reporter’ George Garrett offers readers a glimpse behind the headlines

Most Read