CHICAGO — Target Corp. has signed leases on 105 locations in Canada, including two in Waterloo Region.
The stores, to be housed in locations now occupied by Zellers, are located in all 10 provinces across the country, Target Canada president Tony Fisher told a press conference in Chicago on Tuesday.
The locations include 45 stores in Ontario, with two in Waterloo Region. They are in the Conestoga Mall in Waterloo and the Cambridge Centre in Cambridge.
The popular retail chain also said it would announce a second wave of stores in September.
The first stores are expected to open in the spring of 2013.
The second largest U.S. retailer after Wal-Mart is expected to have a huge impact on the Canadian retail scene.
Most of the 105 stores will be converted to Targets. Others may be leased to other retailers or given back to the landlords, the company said.
The Minneapolis-based firm announced in January it was acquiring the leasehold rights to 220 Zellers store locations for $1.85 billion. It is a real estate transaction and Target is not acquiring the stores. Zellers has said it will continue to operate the 70 sites Target is not acquiring.
The cheap chic department store retailer, known for high style at low prices, also said it has secure a head office for its Canadian team in Mississauga.
The building, AeroCentre V, is a LEED-certified building in keeping with the company’s commitment to environmental sustainability.
The Target Canada team is made up entirely of executives of its U.S. operations but it expects to hire tens of thousands of “qualified Canadians” including senior leaders, Fisher said.
Each store will employ 100 to 150 people.
The stores will continue to operate as Zellers for the time being. About six to nine months prior to reopening as Targets, the stores will close for renovations. The retailer expects to spend at least $10 million converting each site.
Here’s a list of the 105 Zellers locations that Target has picked under its deal with the Hudson’s Bay Co. to expand into Canada:
Abbotsford Power Centre, Abbotsford; Metropolis at Metrotown, Burnaby; Discovery Harbour Shopping Centre, Campbell River; Cottonwood Mall, Chilliwack; Coquitlam Centre, Coquitlam; Driftwood Mall, Courtenay; Tamarack Mall, Cranbrook; Scottsdale Mall, Delta; Willowbrook Shopping Centre, Langley; Haney Place Mall, Maple Ridge.
Nanaimo North Town Centre, Nanaimo; Pine Centre, Prince George; Oakridge Shopping Centre, Vancouver; Village Green Mall, Vernon; Tillicum Mall, Victoria.
Chinook Centre, Calgary; Forest Lawn Shopping Centre, Calgary; Market Mall, Calgary; Shoppes at Shawnessy, Calgary; Signal Hill Centre, Calgary; Sunridge Mall, Calgary; Bonnie Doon, Edmonton; Kingsway Garden Mall, Edmonton; Mill Woods Town Centre, Edmonton; Prairie Mall, Grande Prairie.
Bower Place, Red Deer; St. Albert Centre, St. Albert; Sherwood Park Mall, Sherwood Park.
Northgate Mall, Regina; The Centre, Saskatoon.
Shoppers Mall, Brandon; Grant Park, Winnipeg; Kildonan Place Shopping Centre, Winnipeg; Polo Park Shopping Centre, Winnipeg; Southdale Centre, Winnipeg.
Durham Centre, Ajax; Aurora Shopping Centre, Aurora; Bramalea City Centre, Brampton; Shoppers World Brampton, Brampton; Trinity Common, Brampton; Burlington Mall, Burlington; Millcroft Centre, Burlington; Cambridge Centre, Cambridge; Woodbine Centre, Etobicoke; Gates of Fergus, Fergus.
175 Stone Road W., Guelph; Centre Mall, Hamilton; South Hamilton Square, Hamilton; Hazeldean Mall, Kanata; Cataraqui Town Centre, Kingston; Lindsay Square Mall, Lindsay; Masonville Place, London; Westmount Shopping Centre, London; Milton Mall Shopping Centre, Milton; Erin Mills Town Centre, Mississauga.
Square One, Mississauga; Meadowlands Shopping Centre, Nepean; Upper Canada Mall, Newmarket; 1899 Algonquin Ave., North Bay; Centerpoint Mall, North York; Orillia Square Mall, Orillia; Place D’Orleans, Orleans; Five Points Mall, Oshawa; Bayshore Shopping Centre, Ottawa; Billings Bridge Plaza, Ottawa.
RioCan St. Laurent, Ottawa; Hillcrest Mall, Richmond Hill; Bridlewood Mall, Scarborough; County Fair Mall, Smiths Falls; Niagara Pen Centre, St. Catharines; Stratford Mall, Stratford; Sudbury Supermall, Sudbury; Intercity Shopping Centre, Thunder Bay; Cloverdale Mall, Toronto; Shoppers World Danforth, Toronto.
East York Town Centre, Toronto; Flamborough Power Centre, Waterdown; Conestoga Mall, Waterloo; Taunton Gardens Power Centre, Whitby; Devonshire Mall, Windsor.-Dame, Laval; Galeries Chagnon , Levis; Place Longueuil, Longueuil; Place Alexis Nihon, Montreal; Place Vertu,
QuebecGaleries d’Anjou, Anjou; Faubourg Boisbriand, Boisbriand; Carrefour Angrignon, Lasalle; Mega Centre Notre Montreal; Terrarium Shopping Centre, Pointe Claire; Les Galeries De La Capitale, Quebec City.
Place Fleur De Lys, Quebec City; Place Laurier, Quebec; Le Carrefour Rimouski, Rimouski; Promenades Saint-Bruno, Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville; Carrefour Saint-Georges, Saint-Georges; Carrefour Richelieu, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu; Carrefour du Nord, Saint Jerome; Carrefour de L’Estrie, Sherbrooke; Les Rivieres Shopping Centre, Trois Rivieres
McAllister Place, Saint John.
Prince Edward Island
Charlottetown Mall, Charlottetown.
Bedford Place, Bedford; Mic Mac Mall, Dartmouth.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Corner Brook, Corner Brook; Cabot Square, St. John’s.
Record news services with files from Record staff
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