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On aug. 5, Lewiscraft, which operates 78 craft stores across Canada, will open its first superstore.The store, to be located in Toronto, is the first of three superstores planned for Metro Toronto. The firm's long-range plans call for the introduction of...

On aug. 5, Lewiscraft, which operates 78 craft stores across Canada, will open its first superstore.

The store, to be located in Toronto, is the first of three superstores planned for Metro Toronto. The firm’s long-range plans call for the introduction of 20 to 30 superstores in major markets over the next few years.

The average size of a Lewiscraft store is 1,750 square feet. The first of the new superstores will be 12,500 square feet.

- Epson America has signed a deal to become the controlling shareholder of Epson Canada and its subsidiary, Epson Manufacturing.

The agreement, which is subject to approval by Investment Canada, is expected to provide the Canadian operation with easier access to marketing resources of Epson America.

Epson America is an affiliate of Japan-based Seiko Epson, which markets computer products and peripheral devices.

- Sharp Electronics of Canada has launched a new camcorder incorporating a four-by-four-inch color lcd view screen in place of the traditional small-format viewfinder.

According to Sharp, the Viewcam quickly became the leading selling camcorder in Japan after its launch in October.

In Canada, the Viewcam will carry a suggested list price of $2,795.

- Canon Canada has introduced a notebook computer with a built-in Micro Bubble Jet printer.

The 7.7-pound Canon NoteJet 486, which sells for $3,999, prints letter-sized pages ( 8.5 inches by 11 inches) on automatic feed and legal-sized pages (8.5-in. by 14-in.), transparencies and mailing labels on manual feed.

The NoteJet 489 has an average battery life on a single charge of four hours, including the printing of eight pages.