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Wed, 31 Oct 2012 09:45:00 GMT | By Jason Buckland, MSN Money
Iconic Canadian brands that jumped the border

Hudson’s Bay Company

Photos of Simpson Tower (Hudson's Bay Company) at Queen and Bay Streets in Toronto. (© Tibor Kolley)
  • Molson, Eaton's and Tim Hortons. (© Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)
  • Labatt London brewery sign. (© Stephen C. Host/Canadian Press Images)
  • An Imperial Oil company annual meeting in Calgary, Alta., May 2, 2012. (© Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)
  • Franchise sign at a Tim Hortons fast food restaurant in Calgary, Alta. (© Larry MacDougal/The Canadian Press Images)
  • The Toronto Maple Leaf hockey team practices at Maple leaf Gardens. (© Mathieu Schneider photo by Edward Regan/Globe and Mail)
  • Customers stand in front of the flagship Eaton's store at the Eaton Centre in downtown Toronto. (© CP Photo)
  • Photos of Simpson Tower (Hudson's Bay Company) at Queen and Bay Streets in Toronto. (© Tibor Kolley)
  • A can of Molson Canadian is seen in front of the can line at the Molson Breweries in Vancouver, B.C. (© Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)
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Hudson’s Bay Company

North America’s oldest corporation is a bona fide Canadian institution, though remarkably it’s controlled by our neighbours to the south today. Founded in 1670, some two centuries before there Canada even existed, the Hudson’s Bay Co. (HBC) is our most notable retailer, employing some 70,000 people and controlling the popular Bay brands, as well as Zellers and Home Outfitters. But the modern HBC was sold off in 2006 to South Carolina billionaire Jerry Zucker, who ran the company until his death. In 2008, HBC was acquired by a New York firm, NRDC Equity Partners, which also operates Lord & Taylor, coincidentally the oldest department store chain in the U.S.

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