Target to soft-open first three Canadian stores

Stores to open in Guelph, Milton and Fergus, Ontario

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — Target will open its first locations in Canada on Tuesday, the mass merchandise retailer said.

Target announced Monday that it would soft open the three stores in Guelph, Milton and Fergus, Ontario, the first of the 124 stores it plans to open across the country in 2013. The openings are part of a testing process designed to prepare systems, train employees and determine operational readiness as the company plans to open 24 stores in the province this month. The three stores will open Tuesday at 8 a.m., and each will include a pharmacy and in-store Starbucks.

"The Target team is excited to open these test locations as we put the finishing touches on our stores, assortments and inventory," Target Canada president Tony Fisher said. "We look forward to delivering on our 'Expect More. Pay Less.' brand promise and providing an outstanding shopping experience as we approach our grand opening in early April."


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