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Target (Finally) Arrives in Canada!

You Yankees are going to be like, “A post about Target???  She’s completely lost the plot!”.  Oh my dear friends, you can’t even know how deprived I’ve been…





When I first arrived in Canada I asked Jeff, “Do you have Target in Canada.”.  I got a flat out, “No.”.  I full on had a moment of:

Yeah, first world problems – I know!  But no offense, Canada – a lot of the shopping options in this country make me want to cry.  For realsies.  It hurts me.  I asked Jeff what the Canadian equivalent of Target was + his response was, “Zellers”.  First of all “Zellers”???  And second of all Zellers is like sad trombone style compared to Target.  Like, “Wa wa wa waaaaaaaaaaa…..”.  I walked in there + went, “Oh nonononononono…NO!!!!”.Zellers

Zellers PALES in comparison to Target!  THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!!!!!

Anyhooooo, I went to the grand opening of the closest Target in southern Calgary.  Because that’s what you do when you live in the country.  You go to the grand opening of Target.  And it took me, oh….50 minutes to drive there, so again I emphasize – THAT’S WHAT YOU DO WHEN YOU LIVE IN THE COUNTRY.  Yes, this has become my life.

THAR SHE BLOWS!!!!Target Canada - 1

Open thy pearly gates!!!Target Canada - 2

HALLELUJAH!!!Evangelical Preacher








I’M IN!!!  I will never get sick of seeing the maple leaf representin’ – it’s so cute.Target Canada - 3

It was like mayhem in there!  Canucks were spazzing out for Target big time!  This picture is blurry + I’m calling it, “an action shot” because people be hustling!!!!Target Canada - 4

I really thought heads were going to explode.  People were frantically PILING stuff into their shopping carts – you would think that the apocalypse was drawing nigh.  Canucks, regard this comic strip + study it well – beware the danger of the Target Vortex.Target Comic  Don’t say I never warned ye.


















It felt like being back home seeing the ol’ Target house brands like, Gilligan + O’Malley who makes the best priced seamless modal undies – a big tip for costumers shopping in Canada for their shows!!!!Target Canada - 6

And Sonia Kashuk makeup!Target Canada - 7

They had a crazy partition with an “usher” that guided you towards the next available cashier – because that’s how long the line was.  They were very efficient because it moved really fast, much to my relief because I didn’t want to stand in line forever for a lint roller + some batteries.Target Canada - 8

For you Canucks, if you haven’t seen Kristin Wiig’s “Target Lady” get ready to be psyched, because it has now become your reality.

And for you Yankees, here’s the Target Canada commercial which is pretty cute cuz it montages through some charming Canadian scenery – although the song makes me want to poke an ice pick in my eardrums, so put it on mute if it pleases you.

Welcome to Canada, Target!  You’ve heard my cry of woe + just when I was about to give up on you – you have arrived!!!  Side note, y’all: I went to the Target located in the Shoppes at Shawnessy.  My Target Lady very enthusiastically + proudly told me that in all of Calgary, this one is the largest + the most like an American Target in terms of layout + square footage.  She was just trying to make me feel better that I live in Canada now.  Sweet woman.

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  1. LOL! You know back home in New Zealand we don’t have Target…or IKEA…or any of the myriad European/American clothing stores that every other country seems to have (H&M, UniQlo, GAP…). I get really excited still when I venture into one of them – its still all foreign and interesting to me! haha.

    May 15, 2013
  2. I was so depressed to learn that the nearest Ikea to New Orleans is in Houston, 5 HOURS AWAY, WTF?? But they do have plenty o’ Targets in New Orleans, so I guess there is hope…

    May 15, 2013
    • Where are you going to get your Swedish fix??? I didn’t know how much of a cultural impact Target makes until I was without one in Canada. I can’t wait to visit you in NOLA!!!!!

      May 16, 2013
  3. I was disappointed with the Target closest to my house…I took a quick cruise through on opening day and it’s really, really small, because of course they put it in the old Zellers location, which was really, really small, so I’m going to have to try to find a bigger one to check out.

    May 16, 2013
    • Apparently the one I went to which at the Shoppes at Shawnessy is the most like an American one in terms of layout + square footage – it’s the biggest one in Calgary. That’s what my Target Lady told me! We should have a shopping date there!

      May 16, 2013
  4. kenneth Papi~Dads nishino #

    Niiice, Nan, a Taar’Jay in Calgary, but a 50 mile
    drive, ouch, oye vie,…hehe…LOL, now i assume
    there is one in Hong’Couver, right ??? Addie, U
    have it all in NewAwlin’s, girl, food, music, art, luv
    N.O.L.A., gotta visit again, Ok, Nan, hope all is
    good, Mum, comes home in a week, Cheers, Dads

    May 16, 2013
    • It’s like a 30 mile drive + takes me 50 minutes! Getting to the main highway from Black Diamond takes FOREVER!!!!

      May 16, 2013
  5. Yay for Target! We have one coming in PEI this fall!

    May 16, 2013
  6. Hiroko Nishino #

    You say ,eh? Now😉

    May 17, 2013
    • Only in jest, mom!!! I have to concentrate really hard to remember to add it into my daily speech.

      May 17, 2013
  7. This post had me dying!! HAHA…

    May 26, 2013
    • Because you know my pain, American buddy!!!! We should start a blog together about being an American expat in Canada! Haha!

      May 26, 2013
      • Ha! Yes we should! It is a different world!

        May 27, 2013

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