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Pointe-Claire

Plans for new retail outlet on target

Pointe-Claire council gave the green light last week to exterior renovation plans related to the new Target store that will open on Hymus Blvd. next year.

The recent renovation plans approved were for landscaping work. Construction plans for the interior have been deposited by Target and are now being reviewed, stated city clerk Jean-Denis Jacob.

Target plans $11 million in renovations to the current locale of Zellers on Hymus Blvd. The extensive renovations will take about six to nine months to complete and the new store will open to the public next fall, said Target Canada spokesman Sebastien Bouchard.

“The renovation work will start in the next couple of months,” he added.

The Pointe-Claire site is one of 124 Zellers stores across Canada that Target will convert and open under its banner next year.

“It’s a huge undertaking to do in one year,” Bouchard said of Minneapolis-based Target’s entry into the Canadian market. “We are trying to do a similar layout at all the stores,” he continued, adding its easier to manage mass conversions than to build from scratch.

Bouchard also mentioned that the new Target stores will be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified.

About 150 to 200 people will be hired by Target to staff its Pointe-Claire store.

Target Canada’s head office is in Mississauga, Ont., but it has opened a regional office in St-Laurent to deal with the Quebec market.

The first Target store in the U.S. opened in 1962. There are now about 1,780 outlets in the United States.

Target announced early last year that it would acquire the leasehold interests of about 190 sites operated by Zellers in order to launch in every Canadian province.

The Zellers store in Pointe-Claire will close Feb. 11, according to an official from parent corporation Hudson’s Bay Company.

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