May 19, 2024


Poor Boy Household furniture aiming to restructure company as it faces ‘challenging’ economic system

TORONTO — A storied Bigger Toronto Area furniture manufacturer started by a previous metropolis mayor and popularized with television and radio adverts proclaiming “nooobody” could conquer its charges is aiming to restructure its small business.

In a submitting produced under the Individual bankruptcy and Insolvency Act previous 7 days, Negative Boy Furniture Warehouse Ltd. said a slew of financial circumstances that have weighed on consumers’ buying habits and its small business pressured it to make the “very tricky decision” to re-examine its functions.

“The choice to begin these proceedings was taken right after considerably deliberation,” the home furniture enterprise explained in a see to consumers introduced to an Ontario courtroom Thursday as part of a broader See of Intention, a authorized mechanism providers use to correct their enterprise subsequent problems.

“Bad Boy believed (the recognize) was needed in the context of a demanding financial surroundings driven by superior interest prices, declining product sales in the housing sector and a tight retail weather, especially in the dwelling furnishing sector.”

The submitting marks a major switch in the background of the enterprise commenced by entrepreneur Mel Lastman, who dropped out of university to get the job done at an appliance retail outlet prior to opening his own on Weston Highway in Toronto in 1955.

Lastman went on to come to be the mayor of North York, a suburban region of Toronto, and later, the first mayor of the newly amalgamated Metropolis of Toronto.

By 1975, he bought the small business. The World and Mail described a consortium of prospective buyers it did not identify procured the business for $2 million. Soon soon after, the company filed for bankruptcy.

Mel Lastman’s son Blayne revived Poor Boy in the early nineties and these times, the Pickering, Ont.-headquartered retailer is wholly owned by him underneath Lastman Furnishings Inc. 

Blayne Lastman and his father, who died in 2021 at age 88, routinely appeared in advertisements together that blanketed Toronto television and radio stations. They had been generally clad in black and white jailhouse uniforms and shouting, “Who’s far better than Poor Boy? Nooobody.”

These days, the chain has 12 retailers through southern Ontario and 275 employees.

Terrible Boy’s Excellent Courtroom of Justice filings clearly show it has about $25 million in assets, such as inventory and retailer fixtures and approximately $26 million in liabilities.

The father or mother enterprise owes a lot of of its vendors, which include most of its equipment and home furniture suppliers.

Its money owed owed to unsecured lenders whole $13.7 million and consist of $2.3 million to Whirlpool Canada LP, $840,924 to Samsung Appliances, $404,410 to LG Electronics Canada Inc. and $317,382 to RioCan Actual Estate Expense Have faith in.

As a result, Terrible Boy is going through “significant” challenges sourcing inventory and filings clearly show some real estate builders have purportedly terminated their contracts with the business. 

To keep the organization afloat, Lousy Boy is contemplating a liquidation sale at some or all of its outlets to wind down inefficient portions of its company.

It also urged clients who have paid out a collective $4.5 million in deposits for furnishings that has however to be delivered to make contact with their credit score card firm to get hold of a refund.

Where by possible, the company reported it will operate with shoppers to comprehensive orders, if the price tag of the merchandise is less than the harmony owing, or if other arrangements can be manufactured with the customer.

Bad Boy’s court docket filing didn’t take Joanne McNeish, a Toronto Metropolitan College affiliate professor specializing in advertising and marketing, by shock.

Emerging from COVID-19 limits, she explained many individuals weren’t browsing for home furniture mainly because they experienced now redesigned their households or acquired crucial pieces all through the pandemic. 

Recession predictions kept other individuals away from furniture buys too.

“The discretionary things like ‘I’m genuinely tired of the way my living room established appears,’ for the duration of an economic recession, we set that obtain off until we experience much more self-assured about the economy,” McNeish reported. 

She also considered Undesirable Boy’s promoting wasn’t as powerful at attracting product sales from a new era, which probably observed the company’s advertising and marketing efforts as dated and have been drawn to rivals like Ikea, the Swedish furniture large which presents even reduce prices.

Nearby tv and radio stations along with newspapers will have a income hole to fill for the reason that Terrible Boy was a continual advertiser, but McNeish said it had now pared back on its promotion endeavours in modern several years.

At this issue, she thinks the finest way forward for the manufacturer is to provide off belongings like any authentic estate Lousy Boy owns.

“I normally loathe to see a organization go into individual bankruptcy and that is kind of security for restructuring,” she said.

“But they’ve previously completed points that will alienate prospects for many years to arrive.”

This report by The Canadian Press was initial revealed Nov. 13, 2023.

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Canadian design leaders arrive to Ottawa to urge federal govt to partner in making a solid foundation for economic development

Field is advocating for complete infrastructure investment, workforce progress, and procurement modernization

OTTAWA, ON, Nov. 6, 2023 /CNW/ - Tomorrow, almost 100 development leaders from each and every province are gathering on Parliament Hill to provide a unified concept to the federal governing administration: partner with the construction marketplace to create a powerful basis for a much better Canada.

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Construction is a main contributor to Canada's financial health and fitness. The building marketplace contributed $151 billion (7.4%) to Canada's GDP in 2022 and generated $92.7 billion in employment income to some 1.6 million men and women across the state. Additionally, when the development sector does very well, it creates a ripple result of enlargement in other sectors like engineering, manufacturing, agriculture, technologies, and retail.

Through the Canadian Design Association's once-a-year Hill Day, Canadian construction leaders will request the Govt to:

  • Dedicate to comprehensive infrastructure investment.

  • Support deal with the workforce shortage by overhauling immigration

  • Modernize procurement procedures.


"Faced with fears above inflation, the housing disaster and large cost of living, Canadians are looking to their Government for answers. Development is the suitable companion to help generate economic growth for Canada — all though delivering housing and infrastructure that Canada urgently needs."

Mary Van Buren, President of the Canadian Construction Association

"The Canadian Building Association (CCA) is urging the federal federal government to collaborate with the design sector and implement plan variations that can unleash the comprehensive likely of an field that is an economic powerhouse."

Brendan Nobes, Chair, Canadian Building Affiliation

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The development sector is 1 of Canada's most significant employers and a important contributor to the country's financial achievement. The business, 70 for every cent of which is designed up of small and medium enterprises, employs more than 1.6 million Canadians and contributes 7.4 for each cent of Canada's Gross Domestic Product.

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Thank construction industry for economic contributions

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Builders and developers also contribute a lot to the greater community through donations that benefit charities and non-profit organizations

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Things may be shaky with the economy nowadays, but there are some things that remain constant in a sea of uncertainty. One is the importance of the construction/building industry to the economy in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Ontario.

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Yes, things have slowed down some, as real estate is a cyclical business and recent circumstances have been unusual, to say the least. Throughout the cycles, however, new home building soldiers on to create as many of the homes we need as possible.

In March 2022, Altus Group Economic Consulting and BILD published a report called “The Construction Industry Driving Economic Recovery,” which, of course, we were experiencing then.

BILD retained Altus to conduct an analysis of the size and scale of the construction sector (new residential, non-residential, commercial and repair) and its role in the economies of the GTA and Ontario.

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To give you an idea of impact, in 2021, the sector contributed approximately $60+ billion to overall economic activity in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) alone, which helped support over 235,000 person-years (unit of measurement for the amount of work done by an individual throughout the entire year) of employment in the region in the same year, as well as $17 billion in wages, salaries and employee benefits.

In that year, construction spending accounted for nearly 8 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in both the GTA and Ontario, and construction investment in the GTA amounted to about 1.4 per cent of all GDP Canada-wide. Annually, construction activity also generates significant tax revenue for all levels of government.

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The report refers to total construction spending as a “pillar of strength” for the economy during the previous five years. During the period between 2016 and 2021 in Ontario, the construction industry was the fourth largest sector and the seventh-fastest growing sector out of 24. In other words, the construction industry was, and still is vital to our economy.

Putting aside economic statistics, BILD, builders and developers contribute a lot to the greater community through donations, events to benefit, and awareness of non-profit organizations and charities.

Their generosity goes a long way to improving the quality of life for their customers and the residents in the areas around where they are building. From supporting Toronto’s SickKids Hospital to educational facilities and arts organizations, professionals in the residential building industry add a deeper dimension to the concepts of “home” and “community.”

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It’s easy to criticize the real estate industry without taking the big picture into account. Today’s prices and designs are far from the whims of builders. They are restricted by municipal and provincial controls that keep them factoring in continually rising approval and development costs, which amount to approximately $1.9 billion per year at the municipal level, along with $216 million per year in parkland cash-in-lieu revenues.

It will be interesting to see the picture paints of 2022 and 2023 when they are available. Regardless of circumstances, we owe a debt of gratitude to the construction industry for helping to keep our economy buoyant in all climates.

Michael Klassen is the Broker of Record and Partner at Eleven Eleven Real Estate Services. For more information, visit


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