“Canadian Tire stores forced to close after every item scans in as Mr. Potato Head”

OK, that’s a funny concept. I get it.

What I don’t get is why a store named Canadian Tire is advertising a back-to-school special in their window banners. Kids in Canada must have a special back-to-school experience – they get some new pencils and notebooks, a few new items for their wardrobe, and a set of radials.

Based on that window banner, the fact that they sell Mr. Potato Head, and the outdoor flower display, I’m gonna take a guess without looking it up that a Canadian Tire store is not like a Firestone Tire in the USA. I guess you can’t make much money selling just tires to a nation where the most common form of transportation begins with “On, King! On, you huskies!”

I can’t figure out why, but whenever I played Wild West with my childhood friends, they would all laugh at me when I said, “I arrest you in the name of the crown!” I guess maybe I should have watched some American westerns.

By the way, my Russian ancestors failed miserably at winter transportation. My great-grandfather, Дядя Скупов, kept tinkering with animal-driven sleds, but he never could figure the right animal. I suppose his worst failing was the cat sled. You needed about 500 of them just to budge the sled, and then they’d all wander in different directions when he would bark his famous command, “On, Puff! On, you tabbies!” Now that I think about it, the cat sled wasn’t his worst idea. The poor man died tragically the first day he tested his ill-fated jaguar sled.

3 thoughts on ““Canadian Tire stores forced to close after every item scans in as Mr. Potato Head”

  1. I don’t understand why the stores had to close. They can still sell Mr. Potato Head figures, can’t they?

  2. Canadian Tire stores started out 100 years ago as doing just tires, then got into auto parts in general and over time added and added to the point now where if something isn’t food, isn’t clothing and isn’t high end furniture, you can get it at “Crappy Tire”, as we often call it. An enormous success story in retailing. Stores are individual franchises, but share marketing costs.

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