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    Target announces Starbucks as coffee retailer for Canadian stores (Starbucks Newsroom)

    Loblaws launching loyalty program to coincide with Target entry (Globe and Mail)

    Zellers reviews options for outlets ‘left behind’ (Globe and Mail)

    Canadian malls are the Target of expansion(Montreal Gazette)

    Sobeys and Target: a winning combination (Financial Post)

    Target’s rejected sites in high demand by rival retailers (Globe & Mail)

    Walmart, Canadian Tire in Target's crosshairs (Financial Post)

    What we can expect: Tony Fisher talks about Target Canada (Financial Post)

    Target’s Canadian foray hits cost hurdle (Globe & Mail)

    Announcement of which Zellers are to convert coming by end of May? CTV

    "Death of Canadian retail greatly exaggerated" Rona CEO (Financial Post

    Impact on Canadian Tire (Financial Post)

    Canadian Retail Industry Viewpoints (Profit Magazine)







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    Japanese fashion retailer Uniqlo to open first two Canadian locations in Toronto

    TORONTO — Japanese fashion giant Uniqlo will be making its Canadian debut in 2016 with two large stores in Toronto.

    As first reported in the Financial Post, the purveyor of colourful apparel basics had been looking to open stores in this country next year as part of founder Tadashi Yanai’s goal to make Uniqlo the biggest specialty clothing chain in the world by 2020.

    Known for selling high-quality basics in cashmere and denim at affordable prices, Uniqlo said Monday that it will open a 24,000-square-foot store in the city’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre and a 28,000-square-foot location at the Toronto Eaton Centre in the fall of 2016.

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    Giant Tiger sees 'opportunity' in Target's departure

    Just minutes after Target announced it will close its Canadian stores, the phones began ringing at the Giant Tiger headquarters in Ottawa. Anxious landlords wanted to know if the discount retailer was interested in suddenly available prime locations.

    Giant Tiger’s response? Let’s talk.

    “They’re worried about their position and trying to mitigate it as much as possible,” Giant Tiger president and chief operating officer Greg Farrell said Thursday. “It may be an opportunity for us in a number of those locations.”

    Any property owner hoping Giant Tiger will take over a full Target space is being over-optimistic, however. The budget-goods specialist says it has no plan to veer from the smaller-is-better strategy that saw it move into only portions of former Zellers stores that Target rejected in its 2011 push into Canada.

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    Ottawa Target stores might be 'dark for a while': Retail expert

    Nobody seems to have Target in their sights.

    This is the dim prediction of business analyst Field Agent, which has looked at all five Ottawa locations of the department store chain and determined there is no obvious replacement tenant.

    “Ottawa is already saturated,” said Field Agent general manager Jeff Doucette. “I think there’s going to be some dark buildings for a while.”

    With Target’s pending withdrawal from the Canadian marketplace, there are 133 large retail spaces coming onto the market starting later in 2015.

    Field Agent analyzed each location and measured the distance from those locations to the closest outlet of a potential chain that might be a candidate to move in — namely Wal-Mart, Costco, Canadian Tire, Lowes and Loblaws’ stable of retail outlets.

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    How Target’s grand reveal of store locations contributed to its demise in Canada

    TORONTO • In January 2011, Target Corp. set the stage for its pending Canadian debut by announcing it had acquired up to 220 Zellers leases.

    Just four months later, executives unveiled a list of the first 105 selected sites, believing an address-by-address breakdown would whet Canadian consumers’ appetites for the Bullseye-logoed chain well in advance of its arrival, even though a grand opening for its initial handful of stores would not happen until the spring of 2013.

    With Target, it was telegraphed to them

    The incumbent retailers in Canada rolled up their sleeves: they had just been handed a site-by-site roadmap to use for plotting a strategic counterassault. It would be a battle plan for a war on Target, setting the stage for much tougher competition once the U.S. giant finally arrived.

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