HBC eyes spinoff for real estate holdings

Hudson’s Bay Co., whose third-quarter loss widened, will consider spinning off its valuable real estate into a real estate investment trust, borrowing a page from the playbook of grocery giant Loblaw Cos. Ltd.

“We’ve always believed that some time in the future we could have the opportunity … to create a REIT, similar to what Loblaw is proposing,” Richard Baker, the U.S. real estate magnate who controls HBC and is its governor (chairman) and chief executive officer, told an analysts’ conference call on Tuesday morning.

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