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Target announces 24 stores in Ontario

Target on Thursday confirmed the locations of its first 24 stores north of the border. The retailer says it plans to open up to 135 stores across Canada.
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Target on Thursday confirmed the locations of its first 24 stores north of the border. The retailer says it plans to open up to 135 stores across Canada.

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