We reported a year ago that Canadian Tire was buying the Forzani Group (who owns Sports Check, Sports Mart, National Sports and outdoors gear store Atmosphere) to ward off competition from the States. Now it looks like plans are in the works to strengthen the brands.

Canoe Money reports that Canadian Tire is closing 115 of the poorer fairing stores and add larger "new concept stores".

"Stand alone corporate locations for Sport Mart, Athletes World, Nevada Bob's Golf, Hockey Experts, Fitness Source and Econosports will either be converted to a Sport Chek or Atmosphere store or will be closed by the end of the first quarter of 2013, the company said."