Summerside Giant Tiger getting ready for April opening

Colin MacLean
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Staff to move in March 20, with grand opening scheduled for April 12

A Giant Tiger outlet. TC Media Photo

SUMMERSIDE – After more than a year of preparation Prince Edward Island's first Giant Tiger is on the home stretch to opening day.

The national discount retail chain is taking over much of the space formerly occupied by Zellers in the County Fair Mall in Summerside.

The mall has undergone significant renovations and remodeling to accommodate the new store.

Alison Scarlett, with Giant Tiger, reported recently that they are on schedule for an April 12 grand opening. Staff will start moving into the store on March 20 to set it up.

“We are currently in the process of planning all of our opening day activities.  Giant Tiger will be opening with a ‘roar,’" said Scarlett.

Details of the grand opening are still being nailed down, she added. She could confirm that there will be live music, prizes for the first 50 people in line and various giveaways.

Scarlett also advised that the store recently opened its hiring process to fill 29 full- and part-time positions. Anyone who would like to apply for one of these positions may do so online at

When asked if the store plans a Charlottetown location at some point, Scarlett answered in the negative.

She also introduced the store’s manager as David Bryanton.

“Opening a new Giant Tiger store is incredibly exciting. The energy that comes from the support staff, our associates and the community at large is wonderful,” said Bryanton.

Giant Tiger sells family fashions, work wear, housewares and home fashions, seasonal merchandise and groceries, including fresh produce. The grocery section of the store will encompass about 3,000 square feet of the roughly 24,000-square-foot store.

Organizations: Summerside Giant Tiger, Zellers

Geographic location: SUMMERSIDE, Prince Edward Island

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Recent comments

  • Jack Jones
    March 16, 2014 - 11:32

    I moved here in 1991 hoping to see the so called Island friendly way of life. Guess what I’m still waiting to see that. PEI is so far behind and simple things get so out of hand here, what’s with that. I don’t know how many times I heard, “oh you’re not from here". No I’m not and sorry but I really can’t afford to move back to NS, where change is welcomed. Move on people, change in a positive way is good. Learn to embrace change and work with it. Job creation is good, no matter where it is at. Now it’s only a 40 minute drive to /from Ch'town to S'Side. And your money is good anywhere in the province. As well as other provinces, now tell me you don’t go to NB or NS for Christmas shopping. We think new stores from USA, are a good positive change, and create more revenue for the areas where ever they build. Thanks from a bluenoser.

  • The Observer from Stratford
    January 15, 2014 - 13:53

    I'll predict that GT will be more successful in Summerside than Target has been in Charlottetown.

    • Bob MacDonald
      January 15, 2014 - 21:20

      I think you are right but I also think they will be successful when they do come to Charlottetown.

  • guest
    January 15, 2014 - 11:57

    Actually we have these stores here in Manitoba. They are good stores, it is not just a dollar store. They have food and clothing at a reasonable price. They tend to undercut the big chain grocery stores on food, and the clothing is brand name clothing at discount prices. I believe this company is operated by the Northern Store/Hudson Bay.

  • Smart Shopper
    January 14, 2014 - 22:12

    Just another Dollar Store with junk, junk, junk! No.....please.......not in Charlottetown. There's too many junk dollar stores there now.

    • Agree
      January 15, 2014 - 16:53

      I agree, too many junk stores in Charlottetown already

    • ashley
      April 07, 2014 - 11:05

      dollar stores are not junk, they actually sell some decent stuff at a great dollar price

    • Fay Landry
      April 10, 2014 - 04:20

      Giant Tiger is not a dollar store. I have been to the one in Monckton and it has a lot of great stuff. I hope they do come to Chsrlottetown. Looking forward to it.

  • don
    January 14, 2014 - 22:02

    why ? would ch'town need a winn dixe, walgreens, eckarts, family dollar, Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Big Lots. is that enough ? is ch'town that jealous that s'side has something they do not? just proves how childish the want to be major city wants to be.

    • Bob MacDonald
      January 15, 2014 - 21:18

      Actually it's you that is being childish. The people in Charlottetown couldn't care anymore about what Summerside has or doesn't have anymore than you care what Oleary has or doesn't have. Summerside has a case of little town syndrome. Charlottetown is to Summerside what the US is to Canada and what Summerside is to Oleary

  • Sylvia MacPhail
    January 14, 2014 - 16:34

    Would be great to see Charlottetown get a Giant Tiger Store too :)

    • The Observer from Stratford
      January 15, 2014 - 13:55

      I've heard one rumour that GT is looking at the former Kent site on Allen.

    • don
      January 15, 2014 - 16:36

      The Observer from Stratford. sorry to bust your bubble but this was the answer if you read the story from the GT. "if the store plans a Charlottetown location at some point, Scarlett answered in the negative." so they are not planning on being in the biggest city in canada.

    • The Observer from Stratford
      January 16, 2014 - 09:31

      @don: No company spokesperson is going to give away their plans before everything is ready. A "no" from a major merchant should never be taken as final. If they think there's a market in Charlottetown, they'll be here.