Ontario judge approves Target Canadas compromise deal with landlords

TORONTO — An Ontario judge has given the green light to a compromise between Target Canada and its landlords over properties the retailer will soon leave vacant.The revised agreement, which was reached earlier this week but required court approval, gives Target Canada until the end of June to finish selling its store leases.Both Target Canada and its landlords agreed to have a court-appointed monitor supervise the sale, in a deal which shifts control away from the company.Target Canada reaches compromise with landlords on sales of leasesTarget Canada liquidation sales draw lineups — and mockeryThe retailer has set May 15 as the deadline for wrapping up the sales process, with a final date for deals to close set for June 30.The revised agreement addresses landlord concerns that delays could leave unoccupied properties in limbo.Some of the landlords who own properties leased by Target include RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust and Primaris, a division of H&R Real Estate Investment Trust.Target Canada is in the middle of liquidating its 133 stores across the country. The U.S. retailer decided to scrap its Canadian stores after underwhelming sales showed it wouldn’t turn a profit for several years.

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