As the key Christmas shopping season was kicking off, Hudson’s Bay Co. ULC found itself shut out of a mall in Coquitlam, B.C. It turned out that the retailer hadn’t paid rent in months and the landlord opted to lock the doors to the store in the middle of the night. The dispute between HBC and the landlord in late November was not an isolated one. Property firms behind prominent shopping malls in North America have fought...


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