Target no sure thing for Lansdowne
Locals may have to wait a few more months before finding out whether a Target store is coming to Lansdowne Centre.
That news comes after Friday's announcement by the U.S. retail giant that it will be converting 105 Zellers stores in Canada, but Richmond isn't on the initial list. Making the cut were Oakridge Shopping Centre in Vancouver, Delta's Scottsdale Mall, Burnaby's Metropolis at Metrotown, Coquitlam Centre and Langley's Willowbrook Shopping Centre.
Target spokesperson Amy Reilly said a further announcement of stores scheduled to open in March 2013 will be made in the coming months.
Lansdowne Centre's director, Kerry Shular, didn't have any more insight about Target's future plans, but said they'd be welcomed with open arms.
Target plans to open 125 to 135 stores in Canada, the majority in 2013.
Zellers stores eyed for conversion will be closed for at least six to nine months to allow for remodeling, which will average $10 to $11 million per location.
Reilly said some 150 to 200 employees will operate each store, roughly double the number employed by Zellers.
The goal is to bring a very similar shopping experience from the Target locations in the U.S. to Canada, she said.
Those Zellers locations that are not converted to Targets will either be sold to other Canadian retailers or back to landlords.