I have both a love and hate relationship with Target Canada. As many of you have probably heard, since it has been all over social media, Target Canada is closing up shop after just under three years here. I was beyond excited when they announced they were coming here and was among the first of its shoppers. All was well in my little Target-loving world.
Then, the news of closing came. Target Canada did a lot of things wrong, I'll admit that. For the life of me, I cannot understand why they did not open a few stores in the bigger cities and test the market first. Instead, they came in full throttle and opened 133 stores. They rushed to open the doors and did it too soon without being even fully stocked. That hurt them even more.
Now that is where the store went wrong. It is some of the shoppers that really have me shaking my head. They expected American prices, American goods, etc. They wanted it to be just like the States and it can be similar, but it would never be identical. You're not going to find many places that offer those prices here, you're just not. And to complain that you couldn't find cherry soda? I hear you, it's my jam too. But Target can't change the government laws just for you to get your cherry fix.
And then the shoppers who stopped caring about Target completely now wanted to take advantage of the liquidation sales. But those liquidation prices just weren't enough to their liking, so the whining set in again. Here's how liquidation works: starts slow and builds up. They are going to try to get as much money back on the products as they can before they get desperate and price lower. And honestly, I won't sit here and complain about a low discount. It's a discount on something I would have paid full price on, because I try to only buy what I want or need, not just something because it is on sale. I do take issue to Target Canada saying the discounts would be "insane", while probably true in the coming months, it was not true on the day the liquidation started.
Target Canada met my expectations. I was able to get my Archer Farms and Market Pantry food items, the One Spot dollar aisle (cutest stationery ever!), and makeup products like ELF and Sonia Kashuk. I did not have to always cross the border for these things and pay duties at customs. Total win! But I suppose all good things come to an end and it stinks. Just really stinks. Obviously, it's still a sore spot for me. But I will be making another trip or two in the coming months for my final goodbyes to my beloved.
Ok, wow, you made it through that essay to the haul (or you scrolled past it, that's fine too)! And hey, maybe you don't agree with me. That's okay! Opinions differ. I stocked up on plenty of food items and random non-exciting bits and bobs not shown. Here's a few of the things I bought!
Have any of my Canadian readers taken advantage of the liquidation yet? I'd love to hear what you bought! And for all of my fellow American readers, think of me as you shop in my glorious Target. Oh, how I'll miss it. Guess it is back to having to cross the border each time!