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The Star:

Canadian Tire Corp. is getting into the power-generation business — sort of.

The retailer, which sells everything from sports equipment to car tires, has launched a new website dedicated to selling solar and wind systems to homeowners, hoping that the trend toward energy self-sufficiency and renewable power will translate into revenues.

“We’re really focusing on the home power area,” said Lisa Gibson, a spokesperson for Canadian Tire, which has 465 locations in communities large and small across the country.

“Given industry trends, we think it’s going to be a big trend here in Canada. There are a lot of people today actually off the grid and they need these products, and then those on the grid looking for alternative sources.

Originally posted by Dane Carlson on June 16, 2006 in Franchise Site.

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