Here is where 25 new Zellers stores will open in Canada this year
After a years-long hiatus, Zellers has announced the locations of its first 25 store "experiences." The stores are set to open within Hudson's Bay locations across Canada this spring.
Parent company Hudson's Bay Co. (HBC) shuttered nearly all of the original Zellers stores in 2013, with the final two stores closing in 2020. However, HBC announced in 2022 it planned to bring back the Canadian discount chain. The new generation will offer a digital-first experience, complemented by physical locations and a "hint of the nostalgia that Canadians know and love," according to a media release.
Each location will be between 8,000 and 10,000 square feet, and will sell home decor, toy, baby, clothing and pet products, according to HBC. The stores and e-commerce website will launch simultaneously, though HBC has not confirmed when.
Here are the locations of the new stores, by province.
- Pacific Centre, Downtown Vancouver
- Aberdeen Mall, Kamloops
- Guildford Town Centre, Surrey
- 7 Oaks Shopping Centre, Abbotsford
- Kingsway Garden Mall, Edmonton
- Medicine Hat Mall, Medicine Hat
- Sunridge Mall, Calgary
- Midtown Plaza, Saskatoon
- St. Vital, Winnipeg
- Erin Mills, Mississauga
- Burlington Mall, Burlington
- White Oaks Mall, London
- Scarborough Town Centre, Toronto
- The Pen Centre, St. Catharines
- Cambridge Centre, Cambridge
- Rideau Centre, Ottawa
- St. Laurent Centre, Ottawa
- Cataraqui Town Centre, Kingston
- Place Rosemère, Rosemère
- Galeries d'Anjou, Ville Anjou
- Carrefour de l'Estrie, Sherbrooke
- Les Promenades Gatineau, Gatineau
- Les Galeries de la Capitale, Quebec City
- Micmac Mall, Dartmouth
- Mayflower Shopping Mall, Sydney
WHY DID ZELLERS CLOSE?
In early 2011, U.S. department store chain Target acquired the leaseholds for 189 Zellers locations from HBC for $1.825 billion.
Of those 189 locations, 125 were converted to Target stores, leaving HBC with 64 remaining Zellers stores.
In 2012, HBC announced that keeping the retailer alive was not financially viable. It closed the doors of its last Canadian Zellers location in 2013.
The Zellers locations converted into Target stores survived for a few years, but in 2015, the U.S retailer withdrew from Canada.
– With files from CTV News Toronto multi-platform writer Abby O'Brien
An earlier version of this article stated that all Zellers locations closed in 2013. The article has been updated to reflect that the final two stores, both located in Ontario, remained open until 2020.
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