Alberni Zellers in crosshairs

The local Zellers store on Third Avenue is part of the deal that saw Minneapolis-based Target Corp. purchase Zellers stores’ from the Hudson’s Bay Company.

The Zellers store on Third Avenue was one of 200 stores bought by American retail giant Target. The store should change flags within the next three years.

The Zellers store on Third Avenue was one of 200 stores bought by American retail giant Target. The store should change flags within the next three years.

The local Zellers store on Third Avenue is part of the deal that saw Minneapolis-based Target Corp. purchase Zellers stores’ from the Hudson’s Bay Company.

The $1.8-billion deal was concluded with HSBC last week, and will see Target take over more than 200 Zellers stores across Canada.

According to city economic development manager Pat Deakin, Target will cherrypick the stores it takes over.

HSBC will likely keep the stores whose buildings are wholly owned by them.

The local store is leased and is reported to be one of those acquired in the deal.

A subsidiary company of Target, called Kohl’s, may buy the remaining stores.

However, Target “…is not pursuing opening stores in every community where they bought assets,” Deakin said.

Deakin said he is “taking a pro-active approach” in lobbying Target officials to stay in Port Alberni.

“We’re not waiting for them..we’re going after them,” Deakin said.

According to its website Target plans to spend more than $1-billion to convert up to 150 of the stores to its own flag in the next three years.

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