The Leather Factory Inc is to operate its Canadian stores as a combination of both Leather Factory and Tandy Leather Company lines.

The company has already tested this strategy through its first combination store in Toronto.

Wray Thompson, chairman and chief executive officer of The Leather Factory, Inc. commented: "The combination concept has been well accepted in the Toronto area. Therefore, we believe it makes sense to convert the Winnipeg store, as well as any additional Canadian stores that are opened in the future, to a combination store. We have strong managers in both locations and are confident that they can make the combination concept work."