Zellers Head Offices
Zellers head office above the store at Queen Mary Road and Trans Island Avenue, ca. 1950
However, the considerations that drive business are diverse and early on Zellers management realized the advantages to locating the Head Office in Montreal. Primary among these was the fact that the Montreal was the centre of the Canadian apparel industry and Quebec the heart of the textile industry. Both were key lines for the business so proximity to suppliers was assured. Montreal was also a key transportation and financial centre.
Zellers head office, 5250 Décarie Blvd, Montreal, ca. 1971
In 1971 space considerations again necessitated a move. Relocation to 5250 Décarie Blvd. allowed buying and administrative offices to be combined in a single building. By 1984 these offices were at capacity and the company was renting additional space in two other locations. This time the decision was much more fundamental: whether or not to stay in Montreal or move to Toronto. Hbc had acquired a majority share in Zellers in 1978, and by 1981 had acquired all outstanding shares, thereby completing its acquisition. In addition income tax levels and language legislation were seen to be barriers to attracting and retaining key personnel to Montreal.
Moving into 5100 de Maisonneuve Blvd, Montreal, 1985
In 1996 Zellers Head Office moved to 401 Bay Street, but with the acquisition of K-Mart in 1998 came one final move to the present location on Torbram Road in Brampton, which was transferred to Zellers from K-Mart.
Kmart head office (later Zellers) in Brampton, Ontario, almost completed, 1979