Zellers is coming to Bramalea City Centre in Brampton

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Published July 12, 2023 at 10:45 am

Brampton may have been passed over for the first round of Zellers’ resurgence on the Canadian retail scene but the nostalgic store will soon be coming to town.

The Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) has confirmed it will be bringing a Zellers shop to its Bay store in Bramalea City Centre.

The move will come following news of the closure of the Hudson’s Bay store at the Burlington Centre in Burlington which is expected in June 2024.

Once the Burlington Centre Bay store is shuttered, the Zellers shop-in-store at that location will be moved to Brampton’s Bramalea City Centre next year. The mall has been devoid of Zellers since the stores closed up shop in 2013 with the last remaining hold-out stores closing in 2020.

HBC launched the return of Zellers shops in 25 communities in Ontario and Alberta in March with locations inside select Hudson’s Bay stores. The new Zellers shops sell kitchen and bath, accent furniture and home decor, organization and storage, baby and kids toys and apparel, pets, and apparel basics for men and women at “Everyday Low Prices.”

Following the success of the launch in March, HBC announced plans for an additional 20 pop-ups expected to open in August starting at Hudson’s Bay’s flagship store on Queen St. in Toronto.

News of Zellers return led the Peel Archives to share a snapshot flashback video of the old Bramalea City Centre Zellers location from the turn of the century.

And while the 8,000- to 10,000-square-foot stores-within-a-store don’t have enough space for the classic Zellers in-store diner, the company did bring back some nostalgia with a Zellers Diner on Wheels that stopped at different store locations over the first opening days.

HBC says it made the decision to close the Burlington Centre location due to its close proximity to another Hudson’s Bay in Mapleview Mall just a few kilometres away.

“While these decisions are difficult they are the right ones for our business, reflecting market changes and our vision for the future,” HBC said in a statement to Insauga.com. “We are committed to treating every associate with respect and fairness through this process, and transfer opportunities will be explored where feasible.

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