The soon-to-be displaced 17,600 workers of Target Canada have received an unexpected assistance from competitors Walmart and Sears. Both offered the workers potential jobs as well as discounts in their respective stores, according to reports.
Target announced on Thursday that by early June, it would close 133 stores across the country, including two in London.
The decision impacts approximately 17,600 Canadian employees.
A special offer is being extended by Sears to Target Canada employees, who’ve been instructed to visit the Sears website to view the available job opportunities.
Beginning early next week, Sears says the site will publish information on special events regarding career opportunities such as local job fairs across Canada.
Officials with Sears released a statement on Friday, suggesting there will also be an open invitation to Target Canada head office employees for a meet-and-greet with Sears executives and human resources experts on January 21st in Toronto.
The retailer also says it will offer affected Target Canada employees the Sears Canada employee discount for a period of 16 weeks, beginning on January 21st.