Target to open first stores in Quebec, Nova Scotia

In-store Brunet pharmacies to start opening in summer 2014

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — With 68 stores already open across Canada, Target Corp. has released the timetable for the next batch of nearly two dozen, including the first stores in Quebec and Nova Scotia.

The mass merchandise retailer said it would open 14 stores on Sept. 17 and nine more on Oct. 18. A majority of the stores will feature a Starbucks, as well as a pharmacy. Most stores in Quebec will feature Brunet pharmacies, which will open in summer 2014.

Last month, Target announced a deal with McMahon Distributeur pharmaceutique Inc., a subsidiary of supermarket and drug store operator Metro, to operate pharmacies in Quebec under the Brunet banner. Under the deal, McMahon will enter agreements with pharmacist-owners who will own and operate the pharmacies, with McMahon providing supply chain and inventory services as well as operational support and the online MaSanté tool to let customers access their personal file online. The pharmacies will carry Target brands and provide customers with prescription, pharmacy and health consultation services.

"We look forward to opening our first stores in Quebec and Nova Scotia as we carry out an unprecedented retail expansion covering all 10 provinces across Canada this year," Target Canada president Tony Fisher said. "Quebec, Nova Scotia and Ontario offer a variety of culturally diverse markets, and we look forward to serving our new guests and engaging with these great communities."

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