There are only a few days remaining until the Zellers store in Trenton closes for good. Everything has to go. Zellers are closing their doors across the country and some lucky communities will get a Target store in its place, but Trenton isn't one of those lucky communities. The store will just close. Naturally there are a lot of rumours about what will happen to the building, but I haven't heard anything that sounds remotely plausible yet. I suspect Trenton will have another empty store for a while. It's too bad because Zellers was a mainstay at the Trenton Town Centre since it took over the Kmart all those years ago..
If you need a desk, filing cabinets, store fixtures, shelving or anything like that, Zellers would be the place to go right now, from floor to ceiling, they are selling everything. It's a little depressing walking through the store, it's mostly empty already and the few remaining items are all deeply discounted.
This will be a huge blow to the employees of Zellers, as it was a large store and had a big staff. Jobs are hard enough to find in the Quinte area so the loss of these jobs will have an effect on the whole community.
I suppose I am just as guilty as most other Canadians when it comes to the demise of Zellers. I was just as likely to go to Walmart or shop elsewhere instead of supporting this Canadian company, and from what I gather they had been struggling for a few years now. Apparently many Canadian retailers have been struggling for some time.
In 2011 the Target Corporation acquired the 220 Zellers stores across Canada and will be rebranding about 100 of them (most likely the more profitable ones). It's a bit of a sad end for this proud retailer that had grown from its humble beginnings as a thrift store for Canadians in 1931, but we've been getting used to the changing retail landscape for quite some time now.
I will miss the store. I will especially miss the little cafeteria that served reasonably priced meals with decent portions. I had planned to spend part of my retirement there eating the Zellers meals and grumbling about my life to anyone kind enough to listen. I'm going to have to find somewhere else to do that now. I hope poor old Zeddy, Zellers teddy bear mascot, finds a new home soon.