What the Target Location in Mississauga Could Become?


Published April 29, 2015 at 3:33 am


With all Canadian Target locations closing down, it’s important to forget what was (and could have been) and focus on what the vacant locations can be. We should dream big and extravagantly because, let’s be honest, those dreams won’t be realized (or perhaps they will).

We decided to chat with a few people to find out what they hope the empty stores might one day hold. Some of the dreams are attainable, others are not. Regardless, here are four things that should take over Sauga’s four Target locations.

1)    Square One Target: Nordstrom Rack

While in Florida earlier this year, I read Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? memoir and learned several things. One, that getting ahead in the comedy writing business requires confidence and tenacity. Two, that People fashion shoots do not offer subjects dresses in the six-10 size range. Three, that Nordstrom Rack is a nice place to go shopping with your mother. Since I’m not writing a screenplay or being chosen as one of People’s 100 Most Beautiful People (maybe next year), I decided to go to a Sarasota Nordstrom Rack with my mother. I made the right decision. The U.S.-chain offers mildly to wildly discounted designer items and a plethora of accessories. I think I bought 2,442 items for significantly under $1,000. The massive superstore sold almost everything you could put on your body and the loot was nice as fuq. I would go to a Square one Nordstrom Rack (with or without my mom). I would go often.

2)    Erin Mills Town Centre Target: Bass Pro Shop

As I was thinking about more clothing stores that could replace Tar-jay, I remembered to ask a male person what he might want there to ensure my list was inclusive. I took a small male poll and they said there’s been some demand for a local Bass Pro Shop. As of now, people who want to buy guns and end-of-season discounted North Face jackets have to trek all the way to Vaughan Mills. If the brand made its way to Mississauga, you wouldn’t have to go far to buy a rifle or tent. I’m not a huge Bass Pro Shop enthusiast because shooting guns hurts my hands (I tried once at a Las Vegas gun range) and I’ve never camped before (I’m afraid of insects), but I did once buy an outdoorsy bathroom set (complete with an oak toilet brush) for a relative’s new camping trailer. They have since sold the trailer (and probably the toilet brush).

3)    Sheridan Centre Target: Real Sports Bar

A little while back, we addressed a persistent rumor that “North America’s best sports bar” was about to take up residence in Square One’s on-site movie theatre. So far, that rumor has yet to materialize — so if it’s the stadium-style seating that’s holding Real Sports Bar back; we recommend setting up shop in the Sheridan Centre Target. The location might seem odd, as the area is largely residential, but the mall is just a few clicks away from Lakeshore and the Clarkson Go Station. It would be a nice destination for people hoping to watch a Toronto team fumble and [often] lose on, like, 86 different 1,000 foot TV screens.

4)    Westdale Mall Target: A Gym or Something

Brainstorming for this was hard. A few days ago, I read an interesting travel essay about a girl who lost her virginity to a fellow randy tourist on a European overnight train. Her coming-of-age trip, which was her first wild adventure away from home and school, culminated in a late-night sexual awakening that happened sometime after she visited a five-level nightclub in Prague. I immediately wondered if Sauga should be so bold as to build a Target-size nightclub right on Dundas and decided the ROI would probably be poor because of a lack of solid public transport running late into the night. I then decided that, since the Target space is so generous, it would be a good home to a super-gym like Lifetime or Goodlife or L.A. Fitness. People might like to lift some weights after renewing their driver’s license or getting an ink cartridge refilled. 

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