Friday … Spiritual Condition / TARGET REVIEW
“We are not cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition.” A.B.S.I. #27
Knowing I had to be up at the crack of dawn this morning, I did not go to bed until almost 4 in the morning. UGH !!! I took my night pills and went to bed, and was up before the buzzer went off.
Appointments at the clinic are always “wait and see.”
I practice a little acceptance and turn the day over first thing.
I got on the bus and arrived before my 10 am appointment call. There was shit going down in the hospital – I kept hearing them call codes across the hospital speaker system. I didn’t have to wait long to see a doctor, I had met him before. He looked at my back and decided to send me to radiology for x-rays.
Rumor had it that they were uber backed up and may not be able to take me right away, but we called anyways, it is just down the hall from I.D.T.C., I walked over and got right in. Quick and painless.
Doc thinks I have a few pinched nerves and said to keep taking the OTC pills I have, and rest up, he also said it may take six weeks to get better.
I took an afternoon nap before the meeting and I slept without medication, which was a good thing.
On the way home I detoured to the mall. I really like the clean lines look of the rebuild and the new decorations, and the Big Tree in the atrium outside of Target.
I had commented to a team member on Thursday night that the layout was similar to the way Zellers was set up, and the response was, it’s only a lot bigger.
The store footprint is larger. They knocked back the walls on the sides and back of the store. There is good and ample space to walk with carts from one area to another.
Where Zellers was quite drab and dreary, Target moved in with flash, splash and lots of color. From carpets, to tile to paint, and decor.
The store is awash in color.
When you enter the store you have a direct sight line to electronics. And with a great splash there are wide screen tv’s on the wall that is quite eye popping.
The electronics section was amazing. I purchased some headphones for my phone on Thursday night, priced right and fine crafted electronics. From Tv’s to phones, to pads to dvd’s. They have it all.
For you Family Folks, there is an entire spectrum of BABY items, from diapers to carts. Nobody is left without something to buy.
The store lay out is near to the same way Zellers was laid out. But on a greater scale.
There is plenty to see and lots to buy.
I called to mind an exercise we had in Sociology last year where we observed a stores use of colors (Zellers) in certain sections of the store.
Ladies, Men, Children’s, Toys, Housewares, etc …
You will notice that each area is bright and colorful. Blues, Pinks, the Target Red, and Yellows. It is indicative of how color is used to display items for sale. Take for instance the toy department … Girls toys are in pink colored racks, blue for the boys, and yellow for younger children.
The older areas are darker colors and set up for maximum exposure. There is dedicated kitchen,bed and bath, and housewares. But the selection of bits and bobs are really nice. Once you pick a pattern and style, there are plenty of add on’s you can add to your cart. Candles, table toppers, etc …
LOTS of Holiday items from Christmas trees, to decorations and house ware holiday items.
There is a section for food, groceries and frozen items. With the IGA just upstairs, you can buy those much needed impulse items, candy and munchies galore. I did not see an in-house pharmacy, ala Zellers, I may have to go back and look see again. But Pharmaprix is just up stairs.
Prices are comparable. Shopping in the men’s section I found that the size stock was lacking. I wear X-large shirts and there were very few of them on display. But lots of Small, Med and Larges.
Sox, underwear and thermals were out and priced nominally. They were not overly expensive or more expensive than they had been. I noticed that pricing store wide was very reasonable.
I did not see Winter coats or items of that nature, I might have missed them up front. I was headed to areas for things I wanted to buy.
They have nice things to buy, and they aren’t cheaply made or cheap items, so you are paying a price for nice things. I’ve never had a problem paying a little more for something nice for my home.
The quality is much higher grade than Zellers.
You can decorate your entire home in this store. Bathroom, Dining, Bedrooms and Furniture. Good Quality furniture.
Check out was a breeze. There was a team member waiting for shoppers to direct them to cashes and the process was quick, the cashiers were polite and bright. I like it …
And if you are in the mood for coffee, Starbucks is right there next to the exit, with lots of holiday offerings. They are directly underneath a huge glass window that extends up to the Mezzanine level, outside of Pharmaprix on the main floor.
It is interesting that there is a Starbucks in the Target, when there is a big Tim Horton’s just across the square from the entrance of the Target.
Nothing like Good Coffee Competition !!!
People have their favorite coffee’s. Whether you are a Starbucks or a die hard Timmy’s person, you can get it all here.
On that main floor are Laura Secord Chocolates, a sweet shop, shoe cobblers, jewelry, fragrances, and pastries. There is a dry cleaners, A Dollar Store that is huge. And several kiosks for phone, printer cartridges, and Lotto.
Yellow shoe store is off to the side of Target, and it was the first new build to open on the ground floor when the rebuild began months ago.
There are several boarded storefronts. And they are still building around the escalator casing and the glass elevator.
This new face lift for Alexis Nihon was greatly needed. The new colors and decor is bright and splashy. Like I have said before, they did a great job on the rebuild.
Come visit and shop till you drop.
When I got home I tweeted Target Canada.
I went, I saw, I shopped and I liked. They favorited my tweet, and then later on today they responded directly with a message of thanks and that they had forwarded my comment to the store operations. That was nice.
Thanks Target Canada.
It was a great night. Lots of faces. There was lots to listen to tonight, I just listened tonight. The reading was short, and there were lots of pregnant pauses. But it was good.
It was a great day.
Shopping at Target is a seriously Good Thing …
More to come, stay tuned …