Target eyes summer opening
Thunder Bay shoppers will have to wait a little longer than some other Ontarians to shop at Target.
Thunder Bay’s Target store is to open “sometime this summer.” A specific opening date has not been set, Target spokesman Sebastien Bouchard said Tuesday.
Bouchard said “conversion work” to transform the former Zeller’s store in the Intercity Shopping Centre to a Target store continues.
“We’re spending $10-12 million on renovations to literally transform the store inside and out,” he said.
The 114,000-square-foot store is being renovated to LEED certification, an international building standard in energy efficiency.
Bouchard said 150-200 people will be hired at the new store.
Expect a store opening “within the next couple of months,” he said.
Target opened three pilot stores in Ontario on Tuesday in Guelph, Milton and Fergus, all just west of Toronto.
The three stores are the first Target locations to open in Canada, and the first of 124 Target stores that will open across the country throughout the year.
Tuesday’s openings mark the final phase in a testing process, the company said, which was designed to prepare systems, train team members and determine operational readiness as the first wave of 24 stores soft open largely in the Greater Toronto Area later this month.
“The Target team is excited to open these test locations as we put the finishing touches on our stores, assortments and inventory,” said Target Canada president Tony Fisher.
“We look forward to delivering on our Expect More. Pay Less. brand promise and providing an outstanding shopping experience as we approach our grand opening in early April,” Fisher said in a news release.
Target plans to provide Canadians with a one-stop shopping destination for affordable, stylish, quality products. The stores will carry everything from fashion, beauty and apparel, to home, grocery and personal care items.