The Zellers at Semiahmoo Shopping Centre will stay open until further notice.
That was the news this week following a decision by the Hudson's Bay Company to keep the store open beyond the previously-announced closure date of March 2013.
The decision to close the store had been made following U.S. retailer Target's purchase of many Zellers stores across Canada. Those not purchased by Target were slated to be shut down.
"After a review of the site locations not acquired by Target, Zellers has decided to continue to operate three stores beyond March 2013 under the Zellers name," said Tiffany BourrÃ©, senior manager of external communications with HBC.
In addition to the South Surrey location remaining open, two other Zellers stores - one in Montreal and another in Toronto - will also remain open.
According to BourrÃ©, the stores were chosen "based on opportunities in the market."
As for how the store will change, BourrÃ© said they would be redesigning the current Zellers model from as it stands currently.
"Zellers will redefine the store format to focus on fashion apparel and a refined home product offering, with a shared merchandise mix with other HBC banners," she said.
The store will remain open during the transition period, and BourrÃ© said there would be no disruptions to operations once the change is underway.
Current staff positions may be redefined, meaning those hoping to remain at Zellers may have to re-apply for those positions.
"The majority of associates will be given the opportunity to apply for a new position, based on the store business model," said BourrÃ©. "Those who remain will continue their service without disruption to seniority or other benefits."
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