MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 30, 2012 /CNW/ - Target Canada is pleased to announce
today its healthcare strategy for stores in Canada. The strategy
includes a pharmacy franchise model, which will allow individual
pharmacist owners to own and operate pharmacy businesses within
Target's Canadian stores. Target intends to operate pharmacies in as
many stores in Canada as possible. Target's first Canadian stores are
scheduled to open in March/April 2013.
Target has a long history of operating successful pharmacies within its
stores in the U.S. and is a recognized leader in the pharmacy
profession. To provide its Canadian guests with superior
patient-centered healthcare, Target Canada has created a best-in-class
pharmacy franchise model specifically for the Canadian marketplace. In
addition to meeting patients' healthcare needs, the model provides
pharmacists with a unique opportunity to own and grow a pharmacy
business with no entry fees and the support of a national retailer.
"Target believes healthcare is an important part of our Canadian store
strategy, and we are committed to providing superior community-based
healthcare," said Tony Fisher, president, Target Canada. "We have
worked hard to understand the Canadian healthcare landscape and believe
our unique pharmacy franchise model will greatly appeal to pharmacists
while best serving the needs of patients in Canada."
Given that Target will be opening its first stores in March/April 2013,
the current Zellers prescription files will remain in the possession of
Zellers. Target will begin its search for pharmacist franchise owners
in March 2012. Pharmacists interested in applying at that time can
visit www.Target.ca/careers for more information.
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,763
stores across the United States and at Target.com. The company plans to
open its first stores in Canada in 2013. In addition, the company
operates a credit card segment that offers branded proprietary credit
card products. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its income
through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more
than $3 million a week. For more information about Target's commitment
to corporate responsibility, visit Target.com/hereforgood.
For further information:
Lisa Gibson, Target, (905) 212-8258
Target Media Hotline, (612) 696-3400