Daily Archives: March 2, 2012

The end of Zellers

Zellers is coming to a close (see: Zellers | Liquidation). For those of you that don’t know, 

The company was founded in 1931 by Walter P. Zeller as “stores for thrifty Canadians”. The chain began with the purchase of the fourteen Canadian locations of American retailer Schulte-United, all of which were in Southern Ontario. Almost immediately, Zellers initiated an aggressive expansion strategy. Within 25 years, Zellers operated sixty stores and employed 3,000 people. In 1952, in a move to expand into Atlantic Canada, it acquired the Federal Stores chain of variety stores, adding more than 12 new Zellers locations.

It’s gone through alot of changes and owners over the years, and with the latest change, all of the Zellers will be gone and replaced with Target.

Sad to see it go: it was part of my youth.

( Wikipedia provided the early history.)

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