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Sears Canada executive chairman steps down to make bid for retailer

Last Updated Aug 16, 2017 at 4:28 pm EDT

A Sears Canada outlet is seen in Saint-Eustache, Que., on June 13, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Sears Canada executive chairman Brandon Stranzl is stepping away from his role to launch a bid for the retailer, which is restructuring under court protection from creditors.

A memo to staff says the goal is to create a path for the company to emerge from creditor protection.

The deadline to submit bids for the retailer under its court-supervised restructuring is the end of August.

The memo says the board thought it would be best for Stranzl to focus on the plan over the next few weeks, rather than the daily operations of the company.

Sear Canada’s chief operating officer, Becky Penrice, is taking over his duties.

The retailer filed for court protection from creditors under the Companies Creditors’ Arrangement Act in June.