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Target coming to Chilliwack

Chilliwack will be among 105 locations in the first wave of new Target department stores coming to Canada, it was revealed Thursday.

Target Canada president Tony Fisher made the announcement in Chicago.

The store will be located at Cottonwood Mall, taking over the space now occupied by Zellers.

Chilliwack is one of 15 B.C. locations. The company had announced in January that it was buying leaseholds for more than 200 Zellers stores.

There was early speculation that Chilliwack may be a candidate.

The American retail giant  signed a $1.8 billion deal on Jan. 13 to buy Zellers Inc. from Hudson’s Bay Company.

Target expects to begin opening its stores in the first wave in 2013.

The announcement is just the latest development in Chilliwack's changing retail landscape. It comes on the heels of the recent opening of The Home Depot at Eagle Landing.

And in March it was announced Chilliwack Mall, which was vacated by Walmart when it moved to Eagle Landing, would undergo an $11 million renovation. Plans there include the location a Winners store, a Reitmans, and the relocation of Sport Check. Construction starts this summer, with improvements expected to be completed by second quarter of 2012.

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