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Giant Tiger healthy, wants to 'explore its alternatives'

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OTTAWA -- Discount retailer Giant Tiger Ltd. says it has decided to "explore its alternatives," including a possible sale of the national chain.

The company is profitable and growing and "not under any pressure to sell," Giant Tiger chief executive Andy Gross said in a statement Friday.

However, it said the company's largest shareholder, Gordon Reid, is looking for other opportunities after founding the chain more than 50 years ago.

"I and the entire team who built our company to be the best discount chain in Canada and in North America, are proud of our results, our current sales and profit growth in a stagnant market, and we are focused on ensuring a successful future for Giant Tiger," Reid, who is 80, said in a statement.

Giant Tiger, a private company, has more than 200 stores across Canada, including its first location in Ottawa's Byward Market.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 5, 2013 B7

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