Stratford's Target retail store will open Nov. 13, the company announced earlier this week.
The store is one of 31 locations opening that day across nine provinces. Two additional locations will open on November 22, completing Target’s Canadian store openings for this year. Additional stores opening beyond 2013 will be announced at a later date.
Minneapolis-based Target purchased the leasehold interest in the Ontario Street mall, formerly home to Zellers, in 2011. The company, which operates over 1,700 stores across the United States, was expected to invest as much as $10 million to remodel the store in the Target brand in advance of its opening.
“The final store openings for this year mark a major milestone in Target’s history,” said Tony Fisher, president of Target Canada in a press release on the company's website. “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.”
According to the site, guests will be welcomed into bright, clean stores with wide aisles, great guest service and affordable trend-right merchandise. The majority of the 33 locations will feature a licensed Starbucks, as well as an in-store pharmacy.
Each store will carry a range of Target owned and exclusive brands, including C9 by Champion, Circo, Archer Farms, Market Pantry and up & up; exclusive, limited time collaborations with Beaver Canoe (a member of the Roots Canada family); and ongoing collaborations such as the Nate Berkus Collection, the Sonia Kashuk Collection, Giada De Laurentiis for Target, and Shaun White apparel. Target also offers local products specific to each market.