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Pedestrians pass a DavidsTea shop on Queen Street West in Toronto on July 8, 2020.

Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail

Insolvent beverage retailer DavidsTea Inc. is closing 82 stores in Canada and all 42 of its stores in the United States as it focuses on its e-commerce business and supplying grocery stores and pharmacies.

The Montreal-based company says it is sending notices to terminate the leases at the 124 stores to take effect in 30 days.

It says it will also seek more favourable lease terms for the remaining 100 stores in Canada.

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The store closings are part of its restructuring plan after it obtained court protection from creditors under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act and Chapter 15 in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

Company founder and interim chief executive Herschel Segal says the closing of “unprofitable stores” will help create a stronger business model for the future and ensure the long-term success and sustainability of the brand.

Chief financial officer Frank Zitella says it may permanently close additional stores if it is not able to negotiate more favourable lease terms from landlords.

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