Target coming to Red Deer in 2012

An American discount department store chain has set its sights on Red Deer to become one of its first Canadian outlets.

An American discount department store chain has set its sights on Red Deer to become one of its first Canadian outlets.

Target Corp. confirmed on Friday that it plans to open a store in the Zellers premises at Bower Place Shopping Centre in the spring of 2013. The outlet will be among the first 60 Target stores in Canada, the company said in a release, with other locations to be announced later.

Target has said that it will open 125 to 135 stores in Canada. Last January, it struck a deal to purchase from Zellers Inc., a subsidiary of the Hudson’s Bay Company, its leasehold interests in up to 220 sites. Target subsequently narrowed the list to 189, with the rights to 39 to be transferred to Walmart Canada.

Target said in its release that approximately $10 million to $11 million would be spent to remodel the Bower Place Shopping Centre space. It added that 150 to 200 employees are expected to be hired for the store, with that process to begin this year.

Earlier this month, Zellers workers in Canada launched a campaign to pressure Target to give priority to Zellers employees when hiring, including recognizing their past employment.

The Advocate was unable to obtain comment from Target on Friday.

Based in Minneapolis, Target Corp. has 1,763 stores in the United States.