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Target Announces 9 Stores Are Closing Due to Crime

A shocking statement was released by Target on Tuesday, September 26th, that shows a secret side to what retail workers are going through.  As a result of organized retail crime and theft, Target announced that it would be closing nine Target stores located in four different states.  Thankfully, Minnesota Target stores that are currently open are safe.

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In this case, we cannot continue operating these stores because theft and organized retail crime are threatening the safety of our team and guests, and contributing to unsustainable business performance. We know that our stores serve an important role in their communities, but we can only be successful if the working and shopping environment is safe for all.


Before making this decision, we invested heavily in strategies to prevent and stop theft and organized retail crime in our stores, such as adding more security team members, using third-party guard services, and implementing theft-deterrent tools across our business. Despite our efforts, unfortunately, we continue to face fundamental challenges to operating these stores safely and successfully.


- corporate.target.com

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List of Target Stores That Are Set To Close By October 21st

Target stated in their announcement that all employees at the stores closing below will have the option to transfer to other locations.

  • New York City Market:
    • Harlem: 517 E 117th Street
      (96 stores remain in the New York City market)
  • Seattle Market:
    • Seattle University Way: 4535 University Way NE
    • Seattle Ballard: 1448 NW Market St, Ste 100
      (22 stores remain open in the Seattle market)
  • San Francisco/Oakland Market:
    • SF Folsom and 13th St: 1690 Folsom St
    • Oakland Broadway & 27th: 2650 Broadway
    • Pittsburg: 4301 Century Blvd
      (32 stores remain open in the San Francisco/Oakland market)
  • Portland Market:
    • Portland Galleria: 939 SW Morrison St
    • Portland Powell: 3031 SE Powell Blvd
    • Portland Hollywood: 4030 NE Halsey St
      (15 stores remain open in the Portland market)

See the full statement and what security measures Target is now taking at the Target website here.

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