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2012-01-05 at NOON

Intercity Zellers to remain unchanged for now: Target

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The Zellers store at Intercity Shopping Centre will remain a Zellers for a little while longer. 

Officials with Target have revealed Thursday the locations of its first 24 stores in Canada, and Thunder Bay is not on the list.  

All the Zellers stores being converted into Targets are in southern Ontario, with scheduled openings in the spring of 2013. 

Target officials could not confirm a date for the conversion of the Zellers at Intercity, but say plans for their other 100 Canadian stores will be announced in the near future. 

(Thunder Bay Television)


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hockeyskates says:
I have heard that Walmart will assume the other two Zellers stores in the summer. That should take some of the pressure off 777 Memorial Ave which is struggling with high customer volume.

1/5/2012 12:50:02 PM
Delbert Grady says:
They want high customer volume. Operating costs stay lower, but demand remains.

I'll be suprised if WalMart opens up in those locations instead of just moth balling them. Once they hold an almost monopoly on cheap junk, they will just lower their costs some more.

Pretty soon saps who shop there will have to wait in line for hours for one cashier to check out. Thats what the future holds for us.

but then, in the future people will start going back to stores that still offer some respectable service, and these dumpy stores will have to improve.

and then the cycle will repeat itself.
1/5/2012 2:37:08 PM
tsb says:
Once again, Mr. Grady regales us with tales of some bizarre, anti-free market socialistic future where consumers aren't able to choose low cost over high service.
1/5/2012 6:20:03 PM
hockeyskates says:
Delbert. Believe it or not Walmart realizes that it is difficult to run a store when annual sales exceed $100 Million as our TBAY store does. It always ranks in the top 5 stores in Canada.

But check-out lines are long, the staff can't keep the stock on the shelves and ultimately the customer becomes un-happy. So I believe that they will open the two small stores next summer.

However, You can still benefit even if you don't shop there. Since they expanded the food section, all of the other super markets have been competing on price. So even Walmart haters such as yourself can still get cheaper food.

1/5/2012 10:15:01 PM
tiredofit says:
I would agree with you on that, I was at Walmart do perform some work on Tuesday morning @ 7:00am and the place was hoppin.
1/5/2012 3:43:46 PM
maxumpat says:
This scenario is nothing new during a takeover. Metro was still branded as A&P for well over a year locally till the stores were renamed.

FYI...Target in Duluth stocks the Truly Brand so apparently some of the merchandise will remain status quo.
1/5/2012 4:20:34 PM
Glyder says:
Try 5 years.
1/5/2012 5:23:28 PM
countrychick says:
That sucks! I was looking forward to getting a target... hopefully it won't be too much longer!!
1/5/2012 4:28:57 PM
passlake says:
target=zellers=walmart=(insert big box store name here)

nothing's going to change.
1/5/2012 7:29:34 PM
unknowncronic says:
Although Walmart has stabbed the heck out of the "Mom & Pop" stores already, these additional Walmart stores going up are like re-opening the wound & stabbing again...except this time it's with a 3-sided knife & peroxide too!
1/5/2012 9:31:25 PM
Random says:
Don't know how you figure Walmart did any stabbing to the Mom & Pop stores. The consumer did. You want low prices, thats what you get.People go to where the price is best. Zellers is just as guilty, from low prices to sorcing out product from China. As for Walmart opening 2 more stores....if we used to be able to support 4 Zellers stores, why wouldn't we be able to support 3 Walmarts? People demanding $20 dvd players and cheap throw away items caused the demise of small family stores, not Walmart or any other big box store.
1/6/2012 1:04:26 AM
SomeGuy says:
Yes because it's not like two big discount stores where not there already.
1/6/2012 9:06:30 AM
TBDR says:
no... it has stabbed the heck out of businesses that don't learn to diversify or offer top tier customer service. There are still mom and pop shops that do fantastic business.
1/6/2012 10:46:49 AM
tsb says:
There are less of them, but the ones that exist do good business.

Walmart was one a mom-and-pop store, don't forget.
1/6/2012 9:27:25 PM
gord says:
No, what has killed most of the "mom and pop" stores is the poor quality of the people working there and providing ZERO customer service. When I shop at a store, I expect to get good service with knowledgeable and interested staff... if I dont, I leave and shop elsewhere. There are a huge number of locally owned stores that provide great service get a lot of business - the others will eventually die off - and good riddance. I would list some of the best and worst I have experienced, but that would probably get this comment blocked.
1/6/2012 10:04:04 PM
observer says:
I will be surprised if they do come here, this is a Walmart town and nothing more
1/6/2012 3:55:15 PM
The Beaver..... says:
@ country Chick i do truly feel sorry for need a checkup
1/7/2012 12:16:31 PM
The Beaver..... says:
Hockeyskates.....if you think food is cheaper at Wall Mart you better think again..or be a little more careful reading the flyer's.I can do better elsewhere any day of the week.
1/7/2012 12:22:24 PM
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