New tea shop T. Kettle to take over 45 DavidsTea locations across Canada

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      Several locations of a national tea chain will undergo a reincarnation and be reborn under a new brand name.

      CBC News reported on October 28 that Sunrise Records owner Doug Putman will reopen 45 locations of DavidsTea as T. Kettle shops in nine Canadian provinces and six U.S. states on Sunday (November 1).

      This new company will employee about 250 staff members.

      The Montreal-based DavidsTea, which had about 220 locations in Canada and the U.S., initiated a restructuring plan under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act in July, with a shift towards focussing on online sales, and sought protection from creditors in Canada and bankruptcy protection in the U.S.

      In a September 15 news release, the company announced that Quebec Superior Court extended a stay of proceedings against the company until December 15 as it continues its restructuring efforts.

      On September 21, the company reported a gross profit of $8.3 million for the three-month period ending on August 1, and that it plans to reopen 18 store locations, with most of them in Ontario and Quebec.

      In Metro Vancouver, DavidsTea had locations at Pacific Centre in Vancouver; Park Royal Centre in West Vancouver; Lougheed, Brentwood, and Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby; Richmond Centre in Richmond; Coquitlam Centre in Coquitlam; Tsawwassen Mills in Tsawwassen; and more.

      In B.C., T. Kettle will have locations in Coquitlam and Kelowna.

      Putman purchased the leases of 70 HMV locations across Canada in 2017 and relaunched them as Sunrise Records locations.

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