Sony will close all of its 15 retail stores in Canada in the next 2 months, what's next?


Bad news, Sony fans that live in The Great White North! The Japan-based giant just released a statement that reveals its future business endeavors in Canada, namely the lack of such - the giant is considering to close down all of its brick and mortar retail stores in Canada in the following two months. This means that some 15 Sony stores will be throwing the towel.

Sony's online store will continue to function though. Sony's products will be also available through the manufacturer's already-established retailer network. The Sony Store locations that will get closed are situated in Alberta (three locations), the Greater Vancouver area (three locations), the Greater Toronto area (six locations), Ottawa (one store), Montreal (one location), and in Quebec City (one location). This also means that roughly 90 employees will have to begin their quest for finding new jobs in the following month or so.

A few days ago, we also heard that Sony might consider selling its smartphone business, because it has been everything but successful for the manufacturer. The so-so performance of its mobile division will be one of the main culprits for the projected loss of $1.9 billion that Sony will likely face.

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58 Comments

1. vuyonc

Posts: 1090; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

And Kazuo Hirai is still CEO because?

4. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Sony really needs to find a CEO like John Chen, Kazuo Hirai is like Thorsten Heins.

7. bendgate unregistered

Better than Mr Flop though.

23. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Yeah, Stephen Floppy sucks.

53. engineer-1701d unregistered

what sony had stores in canada but non in the usa what the hell are you trying to fail as a company.

2. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

A major pity. Remember the days when I drooled over everything at the Sony store 10 years ago when their stuff was still cutting edge. Hope Sony can get back on track before it's too late.

24. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

That's what happens to a company adopting Android. - falling down.

50. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Samsung rose because of Android so your logic is flawed.

39. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

cheap china is the one to blame. in the near future we'll get xiwawami huawawi and shabaranga with each gallon of fuel free. companies like sony and htc are having a hard time because of these cheap copycats. I always admired sonys although at the last second I always chose the Galaxy for the sake of being used to touchwiz and parts availability ... it's a shame. thanks china! now attack samsung and android will then be deprived of premium powerful brands.

44. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

A phone costs around $200 to make but these thugs like Sony, Samsung, Apple... selling it for $500-600. So don't blame anyone when you can no longer rob consumers. Beside, it's a free market. Be competitive or die.

3. Kumar123 unregistered

Sony's smartphone segment failed to evolved in this competitive age of electronics and we all know what happened when sth failed to evolved in the rapidly changing environment - they simply extinct from their environment. The rule of evolution is simple - evolve or die.

5. Cyagocaliz unregistered

Looks like people still don't realize which smartphone is the real smartphone... pathetic...

8. bendgate unregistered

So true. So many iphone buyers out there.

56. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

It's not like they have a lot of better choices. The most important aspect of a smartphone is its look that including the quality of the display. That's why people keeps buying iPhones. Sonny jackasses have never realized it but it's not too late for them to turn things around. It's quite simple: - Use quality displays such as Super AMOLED or IPS+ on all their phones and tablets - Have competitive pricing - Redesign their low-mid range. The Z series look nice but those low-mid ends are ugly. - Have GPE for each series They must know that mid-range are important. Nothing beats a nice affordable brand name phone. Oh well, it's probably impossible for them to accomplish these changes. As a former loyal Sony customer, I WAS very disappointed.

57. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

I have to clarify one thing, Sony engineers and designers are not just dumb asses, they're retarded as well. Say I bought my Z3C for $510 and it was made with $15 sh1tty IPS display but I'd be much happier to pay $600 if it was made with $50 Super AMOLED or IPS+. Think about it. Aren't they stupid and retarded beyond help? No wonder $650+ iPhones sell like hot cakes. They should hire me as an general manager. I'll cleanse all the retarded dumb asses out in no time.

15. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Oh you mean the xperia phone thay has no market share in the us? Ignored in its home country,japan?a ui that hasn't changed for years?design that looks so boring and all the same,6 month flagship release cycle,huge useless bezels,purple camera,waterproof that no one gives a damn about. Oh yes, that's the real smartphone

21. Cyagocaliz unregistered

You don't know anything about market share in Japan, you can't say much... Why does UI have to be changed when nobody gives a s*** about it? Huge Bezels? lol, Xperia Z3 has much narrower bezels than HTC devices... Only a few Xperia devices got purple camera problem, but 99% of Xperia users are using their phones with no problem. Nobody gives a damn about waterproof? OMG you must be drunk, get some rest, man!

29. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Oh really. Tell me howany people dived in with their xperia. Atleast htc has bezels for their speakers and other components while sony just puts it there because they don't know how to remove it. No change in ui,are you happy with the same boring,featureless experience? Oh hey, look at all the japanese when you go to japan. Tell me how many xperia devices you can spot and while you're at it look at an article on pa saying that the apple iphone is their best selling yet

33. Cyagocaliz unregistered

Quote:'htc has bezels for their speakers and other components while sony just puts it there because they don't know how to remove it' Seriously man!? I bet you've never even seen Xperia Z3 before. Xperia Z3 has stereo speakers too, but still it has much smaller bezels than M8. By the way, I was in Tokyo just about a week ago. I checked every smartphone I could find in the several shops... I saw iPhones in every shops, though, at the same time, the smartphones I saw the MOST were Xperia and Arrows by Fujitsu.

22. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

First of all, who the fock cares about the US? A company doesn't need to rely on US to get market share, a company needs to rely on all the countries around the world. Sony doesn't sell much phones in the US, but they're still the 10th smartphone vendor in the world, while HTC sells their phones in the US, they aren't even in the top 10. Sure, Sony phones aren't getting much attention in Japan anymore, but they aren't ignored in their home country, because they at least still have some market share in Japan. Second, the UI sure is the same for few years and the design on their phones look 99% same. But dude, it's the head start of 2015, and how do you know they won't change? I do believe that Sony will make a major change on the UI and the design on their mobile devices. If they still didn't change on their 2015 mobile devices, you can say whatever you want. Third, if you really hate your so-called "huge useless bezels" and "purple camera", why you didn't say the same thing about HTC? I know you like HTC. Don't tell me that the HTC One flagships have huge bezels are because of the Boomsound speakers, they already solved that problem on the Desire Eye, 820 and 826. And don't forget, HTC One flagships used to have the purple tint camera issue too. Fourth, if the waterproof feature is a feature that no one cares about, then why some people still and will buy Sony phones? While I disagree that Sony phones are the real smartphones, I also the disagree that there are any "real smartphones" that you guys were referring to. It just simply doesn't make any sense. Not trying to start an argument here, but dude, that's just ridiculous of what you said. All the obvious reasons that made Sony into a disaster is because of lack of advertising, overprice, and nothing out of the ordinary. Which I do hope that they will learn from their mistakes.

30. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I do respect your opinion kruze that they lack marketing,etc. But what i mentioned are also their real problems. Sony xperia is also still alive because of their blind fanboys, which i see are a lot worse than apple fanboys. Peace!

45. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

Totally agree. Xperia fanboys are definitely blinded. Xperia look nice but they always came up short. Slapping s**tty displays on their flagships is just retarded.

51. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You all summed up my points without me. All of you get a +1 from me. (PA, let us use emojis. Makes everything 10x better.)

54. engineer-1701d unregistered

kruze you must not be familiar with how the world works the us rules it all, win in the us and you don't need the rest of the 3rd world, tmobile has 1 sony phone no ads on tv for people to know about any sony phone, most if not all of the people in america don't know about the sony phones. basic business is get your name out to the masses and you said htc is not in the top 10 in america you must not be from america then because its apple samsung htc and motorola thats it.

42. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

I agree with most of what you said above, but hey it has much lesser bezels than htcs which are the kings of bezels, and they're not doing much better than sony anyways .. and about waterproofing, h*ll yeah I care, the thing I miss the most from my GS5 is the waterproofing .. we used to run under intense rain and have awesome selfies and also I used to dump it in the pool and take underwater pics .... etc

34. fuhrer

Posts: 39; Member since: Apr 29, 2013

RIP Sony Rest In Pieces

38. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

Which smartphone is real?

52. Odiin

Posts: 373; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

+1 Well said dude!

6. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

That's really sad. Luckily their Playstation is still selling pretty well, or else they will end up like BlackBerry that was before. But they should really know what mistakes they're making right now, especially when it comes to their mobile products; lack of advertising, overpriced, nothing out of the ordinary. Hope they can get back on track, Sony is one of the companies that shouldn't disappear. Hope they can wow us with their Xperia Z4 and other products this year. I really like their products.

9. Alex123

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Because Sony does not have mid-range and low end priced smartphones to complete with others.

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