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    Target closing down all 133 stores in Canada

    After less than 2 years, Target is pulling out of Canada and closing down all of their stores. They cite opening too many stores too quickly, an incomplete supply chain, and the inability to compete with other Canadian store chains and Canadian Walmarts, as the primary reasons for the shut down. All Targets across Canada should be closed down by May or June of this year.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/...tion/21798843/

    Hopefully, there aren't any Canadian members here who are going to lose their jobs because of this. I would be interested to hear any "shopping horror stories" from people who tried shopping at one of these Targets.
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    My wife lost her job because of this. She worked as a copy editor/proof reader for the (American) company that did the weekly circulars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ando View Post
    My wife lost her job because of this. She worked as a copy editor/proof reader for the (American) company that did the weekly circulars.
    That really sucks, I'm sorry to hear that. I read somewhere that Target was planning to continue to pay all of their employees through June of this year; but I guess if your wife wasn't working directly for Target, then she wouldn't qualify for that. Either way, I hope she can find a new job soon.
    Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split. - Robert E. Howard

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    Thanks, but this is actually a blessing for us. She was hired before the stores opened and she was working 50-60 hours a week for 2 years. And because the circulars are created so far in advance, the "Holiday/Christmas Season" started for her (us) in July. It was insane. The worst days was usually the WED before Thanksgiving when they were working on the Boxing Day circular. After that, things calmed down.

    The thing that bummed her out was saying goodbye or see you later to so many people at her company that she came to love. This was the first job she ever had that she liked the people she worked with even if she hated the work.

    She has a Masters and is very employable and we're also extremely trim financially speaking.

    I appreciate the concern, thank you!
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    Wal*Mart's closing almost 300 stores worldwide. What effect will that have on new SW figures?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bel-Cam Jos View Post
    Wal*Mart's closing almost 300 stores worldwide. What effect will that have on new SW figures?
    No effect.

    I.E. They'll still be overpriced, underarticulated, hard to find in stores (at least in Portland, OR) and poorly paced.

    As an aside, I saw a WM employee (spy) in the toy aisle of a local Fred Meyer store (owned by Kroger) texting toy photos to someone. I told a couple of FM employees nearby and they just laughed about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bel-Cam Jos View Post
    Wal*Mart's closing almost 300 stores worldwide. What effect will that have on new SW figures?
    Most of the store closures are the neighborhood market format, which was kind of an experimental format that didn't work out. The rest were stores that were within ten miles of another Walmart.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ando View Post
    As an aside, I saw a WM employee (spy) in the toy aisle of a local Fred Meyer store (owned by Kroger) texting toy photos to someone. I told a couple of FM employees nearby and they just laughed about it.
    Comparison shopping is somethiing that some of us are required to do in our job description. I'm required to comp shop milk for my store and I try to be discreet about it, but most of the employees of those grocery stores know that I work for Walmart and they mostly don't care. I've only had one guy seem to get really upset that I was there, but so far he's never actually said anything to me about it.
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