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Final bargains found at Zellers

Zellers’ shoppers snapped up products at rock-bottom prices during Monday’s final day for the store in Red Deer.

Hundreds of people hunted for what was left on the shelves of the store, which was largely bare after months of discount prices.

People were rifling through Halloween costumes, Christmas decorations, bath products, dinnerware and clothing in the store at Bower Place Shopping Centre.

Everything was at least 90 per cent off so that everything would be gone by some time Monday.

Shoppers left with huge smiles on their faces, knowing that they had saved a huge bundle.

Diana Clark of Red Deer walked away with glassware that was 90 per cent off.

She spent $15 and saved $125.

“I’m going to use them for baking,” said Clark.

“We’ve been coming in every week faithfully since they began marking things down.”

Clark said it will sad to see Zellers go, but she’s hoping that Target will bring the same kind of thing that Zellers had and maybe even better quality.

The Canadian store icon is being replaced across Canada by American department store chain Target Corp.

Red Deer’s Carla McQuay and her two children left with bags full of toys and birthday party favours. They spent $10, saving just over $79.

“There’s not much left,” McQuay said just outside the store. “There were slim pickings. I know there were people who were picking up big barbecue coolers that were selling for $50 and they were on for $4.99.”

The Red Deer woman said she supported Zellers, versus Walmart, because it was a Canadian store.

“But it will be good to get a refresh,” said McQuay.

Amanda Haythorn of Red Deer saved $483 for all the stuff she was bringing home, including shoes, knickknacks and clothing. Her bill was just over $52.

“The clothing was $5 for five items,” said Haythorn.

Haythorn is also looking forward to the new store coming in. She’s never been to Target in the United States.

Management at the Red Deer store declined comment on what closing day was like for them and the rest of the staff.

Zellers is a subsidiary of Hudson’s Bay Co., which has a head office in Ontario. Each store is expected to be closed for six to nine months while renovations occur.

Red Deer will be among the first Canadian communities that Target opens up in. Next spring, Target will open in 48 locations across Canada, including Red Deer and 10 other locations in Alberta.



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