TARGET has announced a major store closure in the heart of a popular US city that will take effect in the weeks to come.
The retailer said the store location was in trouble for years before the decision to shut down operations was made.
Target will close its Center City store in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania within the next two months.
The 19,000-square-foot store only just opened seven years ago in 2016 but will shutter on May 13, 2023.
The stotes cited a decline in performance for the past couple of years as the reason for its closure.
“The decision to close one of our stores isn’t something we take lightly,” Kayla Castañeda, a spokesperson for Target told NBC10.
Castañeda added: “It’s an action we take only after multiple years of working to improve performance.”
About 45 store employees would be offered a chance to relocate to a nearby Target location for work, Castañeda said.
There are still multiple Target locations open in Center City and other areas of Philadelphia.
This isn’t the only Target in a major city that will be shuttered.
A small-format store located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, will close due to lack of foot traffic, a spokesperson said.
The spokesperson cited the same decision-making process when it comes to closing a store as the Center City location.
Shutting down operations at a Target store “isn’t something we take lightly,” Target spokesperson Joshua Thomas told the StarTribune.
Thomas said they will only close a location “after multiple years of working to improve performance.”
Thomas added: “That is the case for our Uptown store.”
The team members at this location will also be offered employment opportunities at nearby locations.