This was announced yesterday (we saw the same in Ireland about 2 - 3 years ago)... http://globalnews.ca/news/1774831/sony-to-close-its-stores-across-canada/ Very very sad news - I've recently bought a lot of gear from the Sony store in Edmonton whom I found to be extremely helpful and knowledgeable. The availability of Sony stores was a large part of the reason why I considered picking up a Sony in the first place - it's reassuring to be able to walk into a brick and mortar store. It looks the camera division is doing extremely well - but the big losses were on mobile and television. As an electronics company, I think a few years ago Sony dropped the ball somewhat letting LG and Samsung muscle in on their one 'premium' tv area. I remember in the 80's when you would buy a Sony because it was the best built consumer electronics company - sort of like the perceived Apple of it's day. I do think it has forced Sony to be very much more innovative recently with products like the A7 series in their camera division and innovative with their lenses offering combined OIS and IBIS, clickable/clickless enabling lenses for film or photo (new 35mm Distagon ZA), and in general clever little things like the way battery door attaches to the battery grip. All nice touches. The problem is that this is still an overall small sector related to their TV, hifi, home theatre and mobile divisions. Pulling brick and mortar stores will not be a good thing for the brand as Samsung and LG look to dominate even more into the living room. Thoughts and prayers are with the employees loosing their jobs. I hope they are well looked after.