The mass exodus of Zellers was sad enough, but then Target came, leaving a bunch of broken hearts in its wake when it left just as quickly. Canada just isn’t Canada without a giant red and white department store to purchase everything from clothing and video games to chips and curtains. For this reason we think Zellers needs to be resurrected and save us all from our current fate of having to shop at Wal-Mart. Let’s take a moment to reminisce and remember why Zellers was literally the best an should come back to Brampton.
1. They always greeted you with music and glitter
The arcade games at the front of the store were always the best, and always a nuisance to employees who had to listen to them going all day.
2. They had some seriously awesome perks, like free cookie sand milk
Why isn’t this a thing at every store?
3. On top of that, you were generously rewarded in the form of HBC points for shopping there
4. It was the perfect place for galavanting with friends
Hide and seek between the racks, racing kids toys in the aisles, there was always fun to be had at Zellers.
5. And after all of that galavanting you could grab some cheap delicious eats at the diner
The vintage diner was literally the best.
6. There were always great deals to be had in the discount movie bin
$2 an $5 movies and CDs for all! Also known as, the best places for gifts hen you’re totally strapped for cash.
7. And you’d never miss out on a sale because they offered rain checks
These were a life saver!
8. Even though it was chaotic at times, it was nice to have a one stop shop for everything
Chaos is putting it lightly, but it was nice to have an alternative to Wal Mart.
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Zellers: Everything must go 9/14 What is the appropriate behavior for a man or a woman in the midst of this world, where each person is clinging to his piece of debris? What's the proper salutation between people as they pass each other in this flood? – Buddha A few weeks ago I dropped by one of the many Zellers stores that are closing across the country. Zellers opened in 1931 under the banner of ‘stores for thrifty Canadians.’ They’re closing with far less fanfare, but were still a place for the spendthrift. Of the six stores in Winnipeg, three are now closed, the other three are in the last liquidation throes. In the late 1980s and 1990s, when Zellers’ revenues were routinely topping $1 billion, the store was riding the slogan: ‘Where the lowest price is the law!’ It may no longer be retail law, but it is the reality until the last store is shuttered.
9. They had no interest in changing themselves to please others. Burnt out signs would go months and months without being fixed
It was all part of the Zellers charm anyway.
10. They had the coolest mascot ever
Who didn’t love Zeddy?