The Canadian Press/Paul Chiasson

Incoming MEC CEO says store closures, merchandise changes coming after deal to take co-op private

VANCOUVER — The incoming chief executive of MEC understands the backlash against a deal to take the outdoor retail co-operative private, but hopes former members continue to shop there.

“I can understand that people are upset and want to do something. But I would hope that in the end, people are reasonable and they give it a shot,” said Eric Claus in an interview with The Logic. He will serve as chairman and CEO once the MEC transaction closes, which the parties expect will happen in the fourth quarter of this year. However, a day after the deal was announced, some questioned whether it would run afoul of the laws that govern co-ops in B.C., where MEC is headquartered.

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