Popular American retail chain Target is set to open its Chilliwack store on Nov. 13.
Target Canada announced the opening day for the local store along with 32 other new Canadian store locations via press release on Monday.
In addition to the store at Cottonwood Mall, Target stores opening Nov. 13 in Abbotsford, Surrey, Maple Ridge, Burnaby and Richmond.
“The final store openings for this year mark a major milestone in Target’s history,” said Tony Fisher, president, Target Canada. “The goal for our Canadian expansion was to open 124 stores across all 10 provinces in 2013, and we are proud to say that with the help of more than 20,000 Canadian team members nationwide, we have accomplished this unprecedented undertaking.”
The majority of the 33 locations will feature a licensed Starbucks, as well as an in-store pharmacy.
Target first announced in January 2012 it was buying 220 leaseholds from Zellers, a unit of Hudson's Bay Co.
In May of that year the company announced the local Zellers was part of the chain's $1.825-billion transaction.
Observers suggested the decision to come to Chilliwack was likely to position the company up against Walmart.
Director of retail and strategic planning at Colliers International Consulting Jim Smerdon said in cases like this, the company "clearly made those location decisions in the first round very strategically to position themselves against Walmart."
Target said it expected to employ between 150 and 200 people at each store.
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