Clothing retailer Joe Fresh at Uptown Shopping Center is among the 52 unprofitable stores in Canada that Loblaws will close.

The store closure is part of a much bigger national retail strategy by Loblaws, who is the parent company for Joe Fresh. The move includes a variety of their stores across Canada.

Loblaw Companies Ltd. announced it will close 52 under-performing stores across Canada and the U.S. as it begins rationalizing its sprawling empire, which includes Shoppers Drug Mart and Joe Fresh, No Frills, T&T, Zehrs and Fortinos, among other banners.

“The list includes gas bars, Joe Fresh standalone stores and select pharmacies and grocery stores,” a spokesperson with the company told CBC News.

“We are sad to see our Joe Fresh store at Uptown close on Feb 28th. We can confirm that we are working with a new tenant for this beautiful space and will announce this retailer in the coming weeks,” Uptown writes on Victoria Buzz Facebook page.

Uptown also tells Victoria Buzz they will have several new tenants this Spring including Browns Social House, A Step Ahead Footwear will be opening in Town plaza, for all you shoe lovers. Petsmart will open next to Michaels at the end of April, Realtii Inc real estate office will open next to Shaw on the Blanshard level in the coming weeks. Dr. Erasmus Victoria Retina is opening in the medical offices building at the end of February. Parc Modern contemporary home furnishings, furniture and lighting opening in the same building as Steve Nash this summer. Whole Foods is on track for completion in fall of this year. Along side of Whole Foods will be a small retail building which will include Bone and Biscuit, Blush Nail Spa and first to market barber to be announced soon.

Additionally the phase 4 plans for retail and rental residential have been submitted to The District of Saanich to begin the approval process.

Joe Fresh at the Uptown location will close February 28.

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