Target Canada ♥ Boxing Day

  • Article by: Thomas Lee , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 27, 2013 - 5:30 AM

The Dec. 26 holiday is a time for Canadian shoppers to hit the stores, and Target is working hard to win them over.

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TabarnooshDec. 27, 13 8:25 AM

I'm a Minnesotan living in Canada. First hand experience I see exact same products that are at least 20-40% more in Canadian Targets than American Targets less than an hour away. Counting exchange rate it's still cheaper to shop in American Targets. Canadians who know Target know this as well. Also, the stores look half empty which gives them the look as if they are closing or not ready for customers. I can handle exchange rate differences in prices. This is beyond exchange rates.

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acraiglDec. 27, 13 8:54 AM

What ever Target challenges are, I'm confident that they will get it right or the marketplace will punish them as it should. Thank God, Target aren't owned by the government...yet.

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d434478Dec. 27, 1310:10 AM

OK...enuf of Target headlines. Walked thru the Eden Prairie store yesterday while getting exercise... and thought...ugly like WalMart inside...dreary floors and dreary product. OLD looking and unexciting!

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davehougDec. 27, 1310:25 AM

Question: What % of Canada is 1 hour, 2 hours away from US shopping? IS it Canada / border regulations & taxes that increase the price of the same item? Gonna be an expensive lesson for Target if they didn't know these answers going in. Also grocery stores run on thin margins BECAUSE it is harder to keep shelves stocked and fresh than it is to put sweaters on a shelf.

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editor29Dec. 27, 1310:46 AM

Oh, goody. Yet another article on that certain chain store. This newspaper may as well change its name to the S'TargetTribune.

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maryebgDec. 28, 13 5:13 PM

I'm a Canadian living in Toronto. There was huge excitement when Target came here, largerly due to their reputation in the US. However, right now, my suspicion is that if they can't turn this around in very short order, they will be withdrawing totally within 2 years. Their stores….nothing special at all in terms of stock or pricing, still empty shelves everywhere you look and very limited selection. In the store closest to me in Leaside, they put the groceries on the second floor (and a trip up and down an escalator with a cart to get at them) which has meant that area is completely deserted. It's quite a contrast to the prior chain occupying the space, which was Zellers(a Canadian Walmart equivalent), that was always busy, and was fully stocked at all times. It's painful to visit Target. Deserted and depressing. My teen daughter is totally uninterested in their clothing, which should tell you something right there.

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