Walking through Target was cathartic for me. It has been for the last 14 years. I first discovered Target when my family moved from Ontario to Michigan. I fell in love and as I grew, so did my relationship with Target. I loved their brands, I especially loved their sales prices. They always had great staff and it was usually quiet. That is the part I liked best. I'd often grab a hot beverage and just walk around. It was peaceful for me.
Many years ago I moved back to Canada. Thankfully, I lived an hour from the border and was able to continue going to Target occasionally. When I heard that Target was coming to Canada I was thrilled. I was honestly excited and I was there on opening day with my very newborn Bee.
Over the last two years it has been my store. When I am feeling overwhelmed, when I am feeling anxious or stressed I headed to Target. I purchased my hot beverage and just walked around. I looked for any good deals and just enjoyed the stillness and peace Target brought me. The store closest to me had fantastic employees. Over the two years I had never met someone who wasn't kind and helpful. Always offering a smile, always talking with Bee. It was a kind of customer service that most places lack these days. We all suffer from the loss of great customer service.
And as Target prepares to close and people talk about why they are happy to see it go, or complain about what was wrong with it, I have learned one thing. People are idiots. I'm sorry to be so harsh but really, if you're going to complain about something, don't just go with what everyone says because it's not necessarily true. I feel the need to defend my store. My case in point, many people said that they were hoping to see brands Target USA carried. I'm not exactly sure what they meant by this because Threshold, Circo, Mossimo, Merono etc are all brands from Target USA. In saying that, just like Beaver Canoe was only available at Target Canada, some brands are exclusive to certain countries.
Another point, people were hoping for the USA prices, well this just shows an utter lack of how economics work. You can't just bring in an American company and charge American prices, it doesn't work like that.
The shelves were always bare. Really? I mean I was in there once a week and never had trouble finding anything. Given some spots weren't stocked with 100 of the same item but they surely weren't bare. In saying that, it makes me realize how consumer driven our society is. They just want, want want.
As many people are happy to see Target go, it saddens me. I do think if they expanded slowly they would have been successful, people do love Target, me being one of them. It's not only a loss of great customer service, not only a loss of great sales prices, it's more than that to me. It's my place of refuge. It's my solace, it's my calm. No other store has ever given me the peace that Target has. I'll have to find something else but I know it won't be the same. I am losing my ability to go get a hot drink and just be for those moments. I know I can get a hot drink anywhere and walk around any store, but it's not Target. The red bulls eye means more to me than just a store. People may not understand this connection I have with "just a store" but be lucky you don't because it means you don't suffer as much as I do. You don't need a place that brings you utter calm and stillness. I do and now I am on the hunt for a replacement.