It’s been well over a year since the closure of over 130 Target retail stores across Canada. The opening of Target locations throughout the country caused major excitement amongst eager Canadian shoppers familiar with crossing the US border for Target brands and bargains. Since Target’s Canadian exit in April 2015, there has been a significant void in the discount department store category for shoppers seeking an alternative to Wal-Mart. While we’re certain that Target won’t be returning to Canada anytime soon, here’s what we miss about Target as Canadians.

Target Dollar SPOT

You can’t enter a Target store without sneaking a peek at their flashy Dollar SPOT section. A dollar store within a department store, Target’s dollar section was best known for $1, $2 and $3 priced stationary, home décor, and gift items. Great for stocking stuffers and party loot bags, Canadians miss Target’s Dollar SPOT for trendy knick-knacks with a slightly higher quality than traditional dollar store items.  

Home Décor

Home décor at Target is no joke and as Canadians, we miss it desperately! Target’s private label furniture, linens, and kitchenware items were a blessing to our wallets. Target’s exclusive home décor items were a quality knock off for trendy pieces from high-end specialty retailers. A hot commodity, Target’s Threshold and pillowfort product lines were some of the first items to fly off of Target shelves leaving departments looking deserted as the retail giant struggled to quickly restock.  

Beauty Brands

Thank you Target for first introducing Canadians to affordable beauty brands: NYX Cosmetics, Pixi Beauty, and Sonia Kashuk. Without you, Canadian consumers would not know the depths of how affordable cosmetics could be. While NYX Cosmetics have become widely available throughout Canada with the help of Shoppers Drug Mart, we can’t help but miss the latter two beauty brands and the value and variety that they bring to our makeup bags for such incredible prices.  

Designer Brand Collaborations

Target is synonymous with limited edition designer collaborations at affordable price points. When first entering Canada, Target paid homage by partnering with Roots on a collection of “Canadiana” themed sweats and graphic tees. The one-of-a-kind brand collaborations continued across multiple departments on exclusive lines with celebrity designers, TV personalities, and athletes. While you can still cross the border or shop online for killer collabs with international designers, gone are the days of discounted designer product lines this side of the border.

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  • Tracydeanne

    Nothing. I gave Target many chances, but eventually gave up going there, empty shelves, clothes were ill fitting and cheap, basic and common items not in stock, confusing layout, prices were better elsewhere.

  • Asha St.

    I miss Target daily! Target was the best!!! From their modern home decor, to their fashion and footwear. I would do anything to have Target come back to Canada!

    Quality merchandise, nothing like Walmart.

  • Allison Duncan Cava

    Exactly! That’s why it’s still not in Canada! It went in where all Zellers were and people equated it to Walmart!- not.

  • Nick Wandelt

    I miss Target like crazy. I used to go there for everything, even just to escape from my life.

    I NEVER EVER left my local Target without at least one purchase.

    I’d give anything to have them back. Walmart sucks now that there’s no competition.

  • Nick Wandelt

    Actually, they associated Target with Zellers, and even with its death. Target was never given the time of day. That’s why they “failed”.

  • Allison Duncan Cava

    I was answering above , as she mentioned Walmart . I clearly know why they failed – they went in where Zellers were and that is just not the same market. People also equated it with Walmart and were shocked it wasn’t Walmart prices .