Target Canada is starting to staff up its operations in anticipation of opening its first 135 stores in Canada in March 2013.

The Canadian division of the second largest U.S. retailer launched a careers website on Monday at

The company plans to hire “tens of thousands” of Canadians, including 150 to 200 employees per store.

That’s roughly 50 per cent more than are employed at the Zellers’ stores it is replacing, said Bryan Berg, Target Canada’s senior vice-president of stores.

The company is entering the market by buying up the leaseholds on 220 Zellers’ stores for $1.82 billion, though it may not set up shop in all those locations. It has already sold some of the leaseholds to Wal-Mart Canada Corp.

Zellers employees will be given the same consideration as other job applicants, the company said.

So far, Target Canada has posted mainly higher level jobs, such as There are senior buyer, merchandise planning manager, business analyst and district team leader as the retailer builds up its Canadian infrastructure.

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