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Target sets sights on Canada

BY DSN STAFF

MINNEAPOLIS — Just days after announcing 2011 U.S. expansion plans, Target announced an acquisition in Canada that will enable it to open between 100 and 150 stores during the next four years.

The company announced that it has agreed to pay C$1.83 billion to purchase from Zellers, a subsidiary of the Hudson’s Bay Co., the leasehold interests in up to 220 sites currently operated by Zellers. This transaction will allow Target to open its first Target stores in Canada beginning in 2013.

"This transaction provides an outstanding opportunity for us to extend our Target brand, Target stores and superior shopping experience beyond the United States for the first time in our company’s history," said Gregg Steinhafel, Target chairman, president and CEO. "We are very excited to bring our broad assortment of unique, high-quality merchandise at exceptional values and our convenient shopping environment to Canadian guests coast to coast. We believe our investment in these leases will strengthen the surrounding communities, as well as create strategic and financial value for Target stakeholders."

Target said it expects to open 100 to 150 Target stores throughout Canada in 2013 and 2014. The financial returns on these stores are expected to be in line with returns on new Target stores in the United States, resulting in dilution to earnings prior to store openings followed by accretion to earnings in the first full year of store operations, according to the company.

According to Target, its presence in Canada should create thousands of jobs, including several in the initial construction phase and associate positions once the stores are open. The company noted that a typical Target store in the United States employs approximately 150 to 200 team members.

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Food Lion family, Bottom Dollar Food announce results of Hunger Has a Cure campaign

BY Allison Cerra

SALISBURY, N.C. — Food Lion family of stores and Bottom Dollar Food donated a record 1.5 million lbs. of food to local food banks.

The retailers kicked off their eighth annual Hunger Has a Cure campaign, and sold roughly 250,000 boxes in the effort, which ran from Nov. 17 to Dec. 28, 2010.

The food was donated to food banks affiliated with Feeding America.

"We are ecstatic about the 1 million meals that we were able to provide to families in need from the Hunger Has a Cure box sales," said Bill Garcia, community relations manager for the Food Lion family of stores and Bottom Dollar Food. "We are proud to work with Feeding America to help eliminate hunger in our communities, and we will continue to do all that we can to help our neighbors."

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Fresh & Easy expands with more California stores

BY Allison Cerra

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Fresh & Easy is slated to open new stores in Northern California in March.

The store openings will create more than 275 good jobs throughout Northern California, the company said, and builds on the chain’s expansion plan.

In related news, Fresh & Easy will open two new stores in San Francisco early this year.

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