Target closing Canadian stores
It's not my fault, I tell you that. I was there at least once a week.
As for why it never caught on, a couple of reasons, I think:
- It opened too early. It wasn't ready. People had a bad first impression, and never went back. (Although, to be fair, the too-early opening was done to cash in on huge public demand that they be open.)
- It never really sorted its perishables out. You would have to check expiry dates on everything, and old stock wasn't removed from the shelves.
- It wasn't the same as the American store.
As well, they never got to the point of online ordering, which is the only way any store is going to make it now.
As for 1, they solved that before too long, only the opportunity was lost. Problem 2, they never really solved, and it was a killer (although not for me -- I went there for my perishables all the time). Problem 3 was bullshit, frankly, since they were in Canada not to compete with the American market, but with the Canadian market, and they were faaaaaaar better than the other options. Were they the best game in town? Yes? Well then.
It was clean, it was bright, it was fresh. You had time and space to shop as you wanted, it was never a pain. It was a million times better than the dump Zellers they replaced, it was better than the Walmarts in the same plaza. The house brands were either the national brands, just relabeled and sold cheaper, or the house brands were even better than the national brands. They embraced design. Their house brand clothes were solid basics.
So while it was cheap, it wasn't cheap.
I'm going to miss it terribly. Back to the same old shit, I suppose -- the East Main No Frills, trying to dodge feral dogs and street violence.