Canadian Tire is a Canadian retail institution that really has no equivalent south of the border - a big box store that's a little bit Pep Boys, a little bit Home Depot, a little bit Bed Bath and Beyond, a little bit Dick's Sporting Goods, a little bit Gander Mountain.
Considering how there's no shortage of US retail chains in Canada, and that Canadian restaurant chains have some operations south of the border -- mainly in Buffalo -- it seems like there are few barriers stopping Canadian Tire from entering the US retail market. Still, there's none of them on American soil, and as far as I know there have never been any plans to follow the country's comedians, television news reporters and hockey players into the States.
How come Canadian Tire never expanded into the United States? Patriotism? Studies showing that Americans won't accept such a retail concept? Something else?