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Target hiring staff for three Winnipeg stores set to open in 2013

Target is zeroing in on store locations and hiring staff in Winnipeg.

The U.S. retailing giant will open four stores in Manitoba — one in Brandon and three in Winnipeg — starting in spring of 2013.

“We’re excited about coming to Canada because Canadians are excited about us being here,” said Bryan Berg, Target’s senior vice-president of stores.

“We asked them what is it that they’re looking for and overwhelmingly their common response is we want what we’ve seen in the United States in Canada.”

Both Berg and Tiffany Munroe, vice-president of human resources, were in Winnipeg on Friday to talk about their company’s recruitment efforts and the expansion into Canada with 111 stores.

Munroe said the company is currently hiring store and department managers and, in 2013, more staff will be hired, for a total of 200 team members per store.

In Winnipeg, the Target stores will be located at Kildonan Place, Southdale Centre and Grant Park. The store in Brandon will be located at Shoppers Mall.

Berg said his company is spending over $10 million per store to renovate the both the interior and exterior.

Target’s four locations in Manitoba are presently Zellers stores. In January of 2011, Target announced it was taking over Zellers’ leases.

Many Zellers employees, including unionized and non-unionized, were left unsure about their jobs.

Berg said Zellers employees will have to re-apply for a job at Target and, for those who do re-apply, Target will be “providing an opportunity for each of those employees to have an interview with us” in early 2013.

“What we purchased from HBC was the leaseholds in these stores, we didn’t buy any of the merchandise, any of their systems, any of their distribution capacity,” said Berg. “As a result of that, we reserve the right to be able to select the teams to be able to deliver this branded shopping experience in our stores.”

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