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As clocks tick hurriedly towards the big day, and shoppers across the city scramble to find perfect gifts, ample food and tasty drink for houses full of hungry and thirsty family and friends, let’s spill some spiked eggnog out for our favorite departed retailers from Christmas’ past, and for one who is about to join their ranks after bidding adieu this shopping season.

Goodbye Zellers, we probably won’t ever forget you and your laws of toyland!

And many happy returns to the holiday-glo memories of Eatons, Simpsons, Towers, Boots, WHSmith, Woolco, HiWay Markets, I.D.A, Miracle Foodmart, K-Mart, Knob Hill Farms, Dominion and of course the Rainbow Centre in Niagara Falls.

Merry Christmas!

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