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Zellers, Inc.
Type Mass merchandise department store chain
Founded 1931
Headquarters Brampton, Ontario
Industry Retail
Products Clothing, grocery, footwear, bedding, furniture, jewelry, beauty products, electronics, appliances, and housewares.
Parent Hudson's Bay Company
Website www.zellers.com

Zellers Inc. is Canada's second-largest chain of mass merchandise department stores, with 282 locations in communities across Canada.[1] Zellers is headquartered in the Toronto suburb of Brampton, Ontario, and is a subsidiary of Hudson's Bay Company ("HBC"). Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The interior of a typical Macys department store. ... Nickname: Location in the Region of Peel, in the Province of Ontario Coordinates: , Country Canada Province Ontario Region Peel Incorporation 1853 (village)   1873 (town)   1974 (city) Government  - Mayor Susan Fennell  - Governing Body Brampton City Council (click for members)  - MPs Navdeep Bains, Colleen Beaumier, Ruby Dhalla, Gurbax Malhi  - MPPs Vic Dhillon... Drawing of a self-service store. ... A holding company is a company that owns part, all, or a majority of other companies outstanding stock. ... Hudsons Bay Company (HBC; Compagnie de la Baie dHudson in French) is the oldest commercial corporation in North America and is one of the oldest in the world. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... A department store organizes its goods by departments, such as womens clothes, home furnishings, electronics, and the like. ... Housing subdivision near Union, Kentucky, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. ... Nickname: Location in the Region of Peel, in the Province of Ontario Coordinates: , Country Canada Province Ontario Region Peel Incorporation 1853 (village)   1873 (town)   1974 (city) Government  - Mayor Susan Fennell  - Governing Body Brampton City Council (click for members)  - MPs Navdeep Bains, Colleen Beaumier, Ruby Dhalla, Gurbax Malhi  - MPPs Vic Dhillon... Hudsons Bay Company (HBC; Compagnie de la Baie dHudson in French) is the oldest commercial corporation in North America and is one of the oldest in the world. ...


In recent years, Zellers has been moving slowly away from the discount department store model, and has introduced better quality merchandise and different customer service concepts. New and remodelled Zellers stores are often compared to that of Target Corporation in the United States. The interior of a typical Macys department store. ... This article is about the United States retail company. ...

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History

Early years

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 in south eastern Ontario. Almost immediately, Zellers began an aggressive expansion strategy, and within 25 years operated sixty stores, and employeed 3000 people. In 1952, in a move to expand into eastern Canada, it acquired the Federal chain of variety stores, adding more than a dozen new Zellers locations. Year 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1931 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Walter Philip Zeller (b. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman - Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 106 - Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area [1] Ranked... A 99 cent store A variety store or price-point retailer is a retail store that sells inexpensive items, usually with a single price point for all items in the store. ...


Acquisition by W.T. Grant Company

During this period of expansion, Zellers concluded a deal with the W.T. Grant, a similar chain of American mass merchandise department stores. This arrangement allowed W.T. Grant to purchase 10% of Zellers shares, and eventually a 51% ownership in 1959. In exchange, the "Grant Company [was] making available to Zellers its experience on matters of merchandise, real estate, store development, and general administration". Zellers employees were sent to Grant stores and head office for training, and both companies made common buying trips to the Orient. In the 1950's, the chain again began opening new locations, and in 1956 opened its first self-serve location at the Norgate shopping centre in Saint-Laurent, Quebec. Stores opened in 1960 saw many new innovations, including the first in-store restaurant, the first auto centre, and the first suburban location. By 1976, Zellers had grown to a chain of 155 stores, with annual sales of $407 million. [[1]] W. T. Grant was the founder of a chain of U.S. mass-merchandise stores bearing his name. ... See stock (disambiguation) for other meanings of the term stock A stock, also referred to as a share, is commonly a share of ownership in a corporation. ... The term the Orient - literally meaning sunrise, east - is traditionally used to refer to Near, Middle, and Far Eastern countries. ... Self service is the practice of serving oneself, usually when purchasing items. ... Norgate shopping centre (French: Galeries Norgate) was built in 1949 in the then-suburb of Saint-Laurent, Quebec, now the Saint-Laurent borough of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... Saint-Laurent is one of the largest boroughs of the city of Montreal. ... Toms Restaurant, a restaurant in New York made familiar by Suzanne Vega and the television sitcom Seinfeld A restaurant is an establishment that serves prepared food and beverages to order, to be consumed on the premises. ... Illustration of the backyards of a surburban neighbourhood Suburbs are inhabited districts located either on the outer rim of a city or outside the official limits of a city (the term varies from country to country), or the outer elements of a conurbation. ...


Acquisition of Fields

Although Zellers was prospering, W.T. Grant was facing intense competition in the United States, and was forced to withdraw itself entirely from its Canadian operations. In 1976, Zellers management and shareholders were presented with an offer from Fields, a clothing retailer based in Vancouver, British Columbia, to purchase a 50.1% stake in the company for $32,675,000. Zellers shareholders, unhappy with the idea of Zellers becoming a subsidiary of Fields, reversed the takeover, and purchased Fields, and its hardware store division, Marshall Wells. This sale added 70 Fields stores, and 162 franchised Marshall Wells stores to the company. Fields President and founder, Joseph Segal, was appointed as President of Zellers. [[2]] For the now-defunct chain of department stores in the Midwestern United States, see Marshall Fields Fields is a brand of Canadian discount department stores owned by the Hudsons Bay Company, with 137 locations in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon, and Northwest Territories. ... This article refers to the city in British Columbia, Canada. ... A subsidiary, in business, is an entity that is controlled by another entity. ...


Merger with Hudson's Bay Company

In June, 1978, Zellers presented a bid to acquire 100% ownership of the Hudson's Bay Company. HBC management, recognizing Zellers' profitability, and the potential to enter a new retail segment, decided to purchase Zellers instead. As two retailers operating in very different retail segments than HBC, both Zellers and Fields were kept intact, and established as separate divisions of the company. HBC would acquire full ownership of Zellers and Fields in 1981, and Marshall Wells, in 1982. By 1985, the Company had sold Marshall Wells for $20 million, because it was not relevant to its department store business. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ...


Further Acquisitions

In 1991, HBC acquired the 51 stores of the Towers/Bonimart chain, and converted most of them to Zellers outlets, including its flagship location in Toronto. Zellers advertisements at the time featured both the Towers mascot "Sparky", and the Zellers mascot "Zeddy", walking arm-in-arm. Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Towers was a Canadian discount department store chain owned by the Oshawa Group, a now-defunct grocery retailer and distributor. ... Millie, once mascot of the City of Brampton, is now the Brampton Arts Councils representative. ...


In 1993, HBC purchased the assets of the bankrupt Woodward's chain, including 21 store locations. These were converted into both Zellers and Bay stores, and greatly expanded the Company's presence in Western Canada. Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Woodwards logo. ... For other uses, see Bay (disambiguation). ...


In 1998, Hudson's Bay Company acquired Kmart's Canadian division, and merged it with the Zellers division to create a larger combined chain under the Zellers name. Many Kmart locations were closed, and selected sites became full Zellers outlets. Zellers also took over Kmart's Canadian head office in Brampton, Ontario at this time. Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Nickname: Location in the Region of Peel, in the Province of Ontario Coordinates: , Country Canada Province Ontario Region Peel Incorporation 1853 (village)   1873 (town)   1974 (city) Government  - Mayor Susan Fennell  - Governing Body Brampton City Council (click for members)  - MPs Navdeep Bains, Colleen Beaumier, Ruby Dhalla, Gurbax Malhi  - MPPs Vic Dhillon...


On February 28, 2006, Zellers was taken private when South Carolina businessman Jerry Zucker finalized a takeover bid on the Hudson's Bay Company. February 28 is the 59th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jerry Zucker is an American businessman who owns the majority of HBC - the Hudsons Bay Company, Canadas oldest company. ...


Current operations

Today, Zellers operates stores from St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, to Victoria, British Columbia, and employs over 35,000 people. The average store size is 94,000 square feet (8,700 m²). Zellers Select stores are designed for smaller markets with populations under 25,000, with stores averaging 45,000 square feet (4,200 m²). Almost every Zellers location features a pharmacy and an in-store restaurant, the 1950's themed Zellers Family Diner. Newer locations are typically larger than 100,000 square feet(9,290 m²), and also feature a hair salon, refrigerated groceries, major appliances, mattresses, and expanded electronics and cosmetics departments. Nickname: Motto: Avancez (Go forward) Coordinates: Country Canada Province Newfoundland and Labrador Established August 5, 1583 by Royal Charter of Queen Elizabeth I Government  - City Mayor Andy Wells  - Governing body St. ... This article is about the city of Victoria. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Over the past three years, Zellers has expanded its product assortment in the majority of stores to include big ticket items, patio furniture, electronics and ready-to-assemble furniture.


In the past few years, Zellers has made balls a notable push to drive sales through use of exclusive, private label merchandise. In a strategy similar to Target's, Zellers sells Big Star, Cherokee, Sportek, "Stuff by Duff", Gloria Vanderbilt, Homestyles, House & Home, Wabasso "Design Ideas", Alfred Sung Home, Truly, MarketSquare, Beaumark, Home Studio and many other labels that can only be found in their stores in Canada. Private brands now represent over 30% of Zellers sales. Target Stores is a division of Target Corporation. ... Hilary Erhard Duff (born September 28, 1987) is an American actress, singer, songwriter, producer, fashion designer, and spokesperson. ... Gloria Vanderbilt, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1958. ... A brand includes a name, logo, slogan, and/or design scheme associated with a product or service. ...

Exterior of a typical Zellers store. The location also features a Neighbourhood Market.

The Neighbourhood Nuts! is Zellers' expanded section of grocery items that goes beyond just selling dry snacks and other food. Frozen and dairy aisles, including ice cream, and frozen pizza, have been added to create an easy one-stop shopping experience. This may seem unusual to many customers, and was practically unheard of in a mass merchandiser in Canada until recently. In these stores, the food assortment has been expanded by 50%. Whenever a new store is built, or an old one renovated, Zellers will make Neighbourhood Market part of it. In spite of all of this, Zellers says it doesn't expect to take things to the point where it has all of the same products as a full grocery. Download high resolution version (962x632, 289 KB)A typical Zellers outlet, featuring a Neighbourhood Market section. ... Download high resolution version (962x632, 289 KB)A typical Zellers outlet, featuring a Neighbourhood Market section. ...


In early April 2005, three Zellers stores unveiled a new, state-of-the-art shopping cart system produced by Pflow, known as the "Cartveyor". It is designed to move carts between floors of multi-level stores and is placed in between the "up" and "down" sides of the escalator.


HBC announced in late May 2005 that as part of their sales growth plan, "The Big Ticket strategy" will be expanded to 97 Zellers stores across the country, after being piloted at select locations in Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba. Nine million stores will offer a small assortment of appliances, 83 will offer appliances and mattress sets, and five will offer a full assortment of appliances, mattress sets and furniture. HBC is also expanding brands previously only sold at the Bay to Zellers, such as Jockey International and London Fog. Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman - Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 106 - Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area [1] Ranked... , Motto: Je me souviens (French: I remember) Capital Quebec City Largest city Montreal Official languages French Government - Lieutenant-Governor Pierre Duchesne - Premier Jean Charest (PLQ) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 75 - Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area  Ranked 2nd - Total 1,542,056 km² (595... Motto: Gloriosus et Liber (Latin: Glorious and free) BC AB SK MB ON QC NB PE NS NL YT NT NU Capital Winnipeg Largest city Winnipeg Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor John Harvard - Premier Gary Doer (NDP) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 14 - Senate seats 6 Confederation... Jockey International, Inc. ...


Trivia

  • Zellers in store restaurants used to be named "The Skillet". Some older stores may still use this name today however the majority stores use "Zellers Family Restaurant" or "Zellers Family Diner" name.
  • Zellers had started a customer loyalty program called "Club Z" in 1986. Program members earned points on the purchases they made in the store. Today, the Club Z program has evolved into the HBC Rewards program where customers can earn points for their purchases at all HBC stores and other partners.
  • Zellers once published a line of unlicensed Atari 2600 games.
  • Zellers used to have a teddy bear mascot named Zeddy.

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See also

It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with loyalty program. ... The Hudsons Bay Company, like most large retail and grocery chains, offers store brands, commonly referred to as generic brands, which are lower cost alternatives to name brand products. ... // This is a list of department stores. ...

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