In 1962, the Michigan-based S.S. KRESGE CORPORATION established a Canadian KMART division, which was headquartered in Brampton, Ontario. The first store opened, in London, Ontario, in 1963. By the 1970s, KMART had a major presence in Canada. The American-based parent company (known -after 1977- as the KMART CORPORATION) began to encounter financial difficulties in the 1990s. All Canadian stores were sold to ZELLERS, a discount division of the HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY, in February 1998.


The ZELLERS discount retail chain, headquartered in Brampton Ontario, came into being in 1931, with fourteen Ontario stores. Via acquisitions in 1952 and 1976, ZELLERS expanded exponentially. The HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY took in the chain in mid-1978 and expanded it further by buying out competitors in 1991, 1993 and 1998. At its peak, ZELLERS operated three hundred and fifty stores. In 2011 a deal was struck with the US Target chain, whereby most ZELLERS locations will be Target-branded. Other stores were sold to WalMart Canada or closed outright. In the end, the Zellers chain was run into the ground by Target's unsuccessful foray into Canada. All Target Canada stores had been shuttered by mid-2015.