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Jul 01, 5: There has also been a liquor store named Target Liquor in Edmonton , [7] and a Target convenience store chain based in Toronto. Before it entered Canada, Target Corporation attempted to solidify its rights to the "Target" brand name in Canada by buying the Canadian trademark rights of some of these existing users, [7] [8] in addition to filing new applications of its own.

Target's expansion into Canada was threatened by one other party that claimed the Canadian rights to "Target" with respect to clothing.

The rights to the mark were acquired in by Fairweather Ltd. On February 1, , it was announced that Fairweather Ltd.

Under said agreement, Fairweather would cease use of the Target Apparel name by , giving Target Canada complete ownership of the Target brand in Canada. Regular rumours surfaced since at least that Target was interested in expanding into Canada by acquiring Zellers outright. Target did not buy the Zellers chain, which was left with 64 stores in less desirable locations.

HBC failed to find a buyer for the remaining stores and planned to continue operating Zellers as a smaller chain. However the geographical constraints of serving these far-flung Zellers outlets meant that operating them was no longer economically viable, so HBC announced on July 26, , that it would close almost all of these stores.

In May , Target revealed its first selections and stated that the vast majority of those in this first group would be converted to Target outlets. After the Zellers stores at the selected locations closed, Target planned to renovate between and of them, and reopen them under the Target banner. Unlike Walmart's entry to Canada with the acquisition of the Woolco stores in , Zellers employees were not retained by Target nor Walmart, and they had to re-apply for their position to continue working in their same locations.

Target confirmed the list of its locations in July Target Canada had supply chain problems, but its parent company did not want the planned opening date to be delayed, since they did not want to continue paying rent on unopened stores. On March 5, , three Target stores in Milton, Fergus and Guelph, Ontario were opened to the public and operating as test stores, and a further 17 stores in Ontario opened on March 19, Four additional stores in Ontario were opened on March 28, , followed by a number of openings in three western provinces on May 6, Target Canada included smaller Starbucks stores in the majority of its locations.

Target Canada president Tony Fisher expected that some Canadian consumers would continue to cross the border and shop at Target stores in the United States. Fisher acknowledged that the Canadian stores would not have price parity with their U.

Target Corporation's expansion into Canada hoped to capitalize on Canadian shoppers who frequently crossed the border for its U. Target Canada enjoyed a strong opening, but subsequent results were disappointing, dragging down its parent company's second quarter results.

Despite the initial high traffic at Target's new stores, customers were not returning frequently enough to these stores to buy the basic household items, as that market was dominated by entrenched Canadian grocery and drug retail chains such as Loblaws, Shoppers Drug Mart, and Walmart Canada. While Target Canada stores were said to be an improvement over the untidy Zellers stores, some Canadians lamented that they missed the deals found at Zellers.

While shoppers appreciate the higher quality assortment, especially in discretionary categories, the complaints on pricing were alarming. Other American chains operating in Canada did not suffer a backlash from Canada—U. Target projected for its Canadian operations to bring in ten percent of its profits by However, experts suggested that it wanted too much and too quickly from Canadians, while underestimating domestic competition.

Around the time that Mark Schindele took over, Target Canada had largely sorted out its inventory issues. However, Brian Cornell , who replaced Steinhafel as CEO of the parent company, was a company outsider who had reportedly pushed for Target Canada to be shut down if its financial performance did not improve.

On January 15, , Target Canada announced that it had commenced Court-supervised restructuring proceedings under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act and that it would close all of its Canadian stores. Two planned new store openings, one at the Harbour Plaza condo project in the South Core of downtown Toronto , and the Bayshore Shopping Centre in the west end of Ottawa, were cancelled due to the closure.

Liquidation sales began at the stores the following day; [61] Target began to close stores on March 18, , with 58 locations scheduled to close that week, and 58 in total closed by April 5, In May , the company returned some of its leases back to their landlords, and began the process of auctioning off leases and properties to other new owners.

Metro's discount supermarket chain Super C will open stores in two former Target stores in Quebec. In October , Target began offering international shipping on goods sold on their online site, which includes Canada. The REDcard was offered in Canada as either a debit card or a credit card. Target Canada continued to honour the REDcard throughout its liquidation sales. Robert Motum, a Toronto-based playwright, spent two years interviewing and gathering the stories of former Target Canada employees.

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