Walter P. Zeller
Zeller began his career with the F. W. Woolworth Company, where he started as a delivery boy in 1912. He left after two years to move to the U.S. and work for S. S. Kresge Co. and later Metropolitan Stores
In 1928, he returned to Canada and started his own chain of stores, with locations in London, Guelph, St. Catharines and Fort William (Thunder Bay). They were acquired by Schulte-United. After Schulte went bankrupt during the Great Depression, Zeller bought the company's Canadian stores and launched Zeller's in 1931. The store's name was eventually changed to "Zellers" to make it more bilingually appropriate. Zellers was originally concentrated in southern Ontario but gradually expanded across the country. The business was headquartered in Montreal. In 1952, American retailer W.T. Grant Company became the largest shareholder of the company, eventually owning a 51% controlling share.
- Chuck Howitt, "Zellers chain has roots in Waterloo Region", Waterloo Region Record, January 15, 2011.