Target to open St. John’s location in winter 2013

Target to open St. John’s location in winter 2013

Daniel MacEachern dmaceachern@thetelegram.com
Published on May 29, 2012
Shoppers leave the Zeller’s department store on Stavanger Drive Monday afternoon. In 2013, this location will be home to the first Target retail operation in the province as announced last Friday by the U.S. retail giant. The store is one of three Zellers locations in Newfoundland acquired by Target in 2011. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

Target says its first Newfoundland location will open next winter. The U.S. retailer announced on Friday the Cabot Square Zellers — on Stavanger Drive in St. John’s, one of three Zellers locations in Newfoundland acquired by Target last year and one of about 125 locations Target plans to open in Canada next year — will reopen as a Target in the winter of 2013.

A news release from the company said about $10 million to $11 million will be spent to remodel each store and the Stavanger Drive location will employ 150-200 people, hiring of which will begin in 2013.

The news release didn’t say whether current Zellers staff would be considered first when hiring is done for the new Target.

Target didn’t release the timetable for another Zellers lease — in Corner Brook — that it plans to convert to a Target. A third Zellers lease acquired by Target, on Topsail Road in St. John’s, has been flipped to Wal-Mart.

Target’s Canadian spokeswoman did not return a request for comment.

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