Target Practice: Canadian food retailers brace for invasion of Target, Wal-Mart supercenters

Target Practice: Canadian food retailers brace for invasion of Target, Wal-Mart supercenters

"Because things are tight, almost any significant new entrant into the market, like Target, is simply going to ratchet things up a little higher. Everyone’s concerned about it.” — Ed Strapagiel, retail consultant

Maybe there’s never a good time to face a massive influx of new supercenters, but it won’t stop retailers in Canada from asking, Did it have to be now?

The high-profile arrival of U.S. mass merchant Target Corp. to Canada next spring — along with an ongoing expansion effort from Wal-Mart that’s rapidly turning its store base into grocery-led supercenters — has coincided with a consumer mindset that could prove to be a

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