It's been a busy couple of weeks for me so I haven't had the chance to visit the new downtown Zellers until today. It was unveiled December 3rd, 2010.
It took a while to get myself oriented. The store and the grocery department are now blended together. That and the lower roof made it feel more like a small Marks and Spencers than a suburban discount department store.
It has a nice look and feel. It gets the job done.
As someone who has lived and worked downtown for 20 year or so I have always bemaoned the need for a good general retailer. Some retailers left, department stores scaled back and 'hit and miss' selection bargain shops grew in number it made everyday retail shopping a pain.
At many points if you had to buy a hammer, a box of Sunlight brand detergent and a bag of kitty litter you were simply better off leaving the downtown because you were never sure that you'd be able to find all three.
To those not living downtown, perhaps a Zellers and a revamped grocery store may not seem like a big deal but if you live in or around downtown you know how great it is to have it here
Circa March - July 2010: