Sale of The Body Shop Canada could be coming following bankruptcy protection filing


Published July 5, 2024 at 3:58 pm

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An Ontario judge has authorized a sale process which could see The Body Shop Canada find new owners. The exterior of a Toronto Body Shop store is seen on Monday, March 4, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

An Ontario judge has authorized a sale process which could see The Body Shop Canada land new owners.

Justice Peter Osborne granted an application today from the beleaguered retailer, which wants to be able to engage with potential buyers who could keep the business afloat.

The Body Shop Canada announced it filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this year with plans to close 33 stores across Canada including 15 stores in Ontario. The U.S. branch of The Body Shop has ceased operations entirely on March 1.

The cosmetics retailer sought protection because its parent company, a European private equity firm, stripped it of cash and pushed it into debt.

Lawyers for The Body Shop Canada say 12 parties have come forward with interest in buying the brand, but any deal they reach is dependent on the U.K. parent company co-operating.

The Body Shop Canada needs its parent to co-operate because the U.K. business oversees the chain’s licences and has long managed finances and inventory for its international arms.

The parent is currently up for sale, but counsel to The Body Shop Canada says that process is “well advanced” and could culminate soon.

The company said a restructuring would “provide additional breathing room while it evaluates its strategic alternatives and implements certain restructuring initiatives.”

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