Geography of Target’s Smaller/Flexible Urban Store Format


Chicago-Oak Park Target

While visiting Chicago earlier this month, one could hardly miss seeing the influx of major retailers into urban areas. Particularly noticeable was Target with its trending urban and collegiate smaller/flexible format stores popping up over much of the city and its inner ring of suburbs. Locations were seen in Skokie by the Dempster CTA Station, downtown Oak Park, Lakeview, and near the Belmont CTA Station.

Approaching the Target at the Skokie/Dempster Yellow Line CTA Station

To explore this growing (and needed) retail market foray, panethos.wordpress.com has put together a list of known and planned smaller/flexible format Target stores located across the country. For those of use who love urban living and prefer walking, biking, or transit to the car for their day-to-day needs, this trend is a very welcome addition to the retail marketplace. I was particularly enamored with the siting of some of these new stores at or near CTA train stops – Skokie/Dempster, Chicago/Belmont, and Chicago/Hyde Park are three (3) excellent examples.

Target is relation to Belmont CTA Station – Source: http://redlineproject.org/ctachanging2.php

A few of the smaller/flexible format Targets are being located in suburban shopping centers. Those strip commercial locations are not included in the list provided below, as this blogpost is about major retail’s move to more urbanized and collegiate city sites. It is this urban planner’s hope is that the vast majority of these new Target stores will continue to be located in downtown, midtown, uptown, college, and other urban retail settings where they are far more accessible to pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit riders. Furthermore, by being situated along transit corridors, these stores are more user-friendly to the poor and less-mobile than often hard-to-reach far-flung suburban sites.

Chicago/Lincoln Park Target, where it replaced a Best Buy in 2015 – Source: dnainfo.com

It is also hoped that Target’s smaller/flexible store format will be considered for openings in mid-sized cities, smaller urban areas, and distressed communities, preferably in a downtown/midtown location where the store can help reignite life into the shopping district. Some may argue this influx into smaller markets could be detrimental to local retailers. I believe the added foot traffic generated by the presence of a smaller/flexible format major retailer like Target can be helpful to all, as the economies of agglomeration from competing customer options in a downtown/midtown/uptown setting is a far-preferable alternative to the inefficient, car dominated, edge-city style of sprawl that is a relic of the 20th Century.

Essentially, Target (and other retailers) are attempting to revive the golden age of urban retail when chains like Sears, J.C. Penney, Montgomery Ward, Kresge, McCrory, Kress, and hometown stores opened and operated successful central city locations prior to the advent of the suburban shopping center/mall.

Right on, Target! Let’s hope your efforts are successful. Thank you, for emphasizing this retail trend away from suburban sprawl and towards reinvigorating our dynamic and diverse urban shopping districts.

City/State/Location/Year Opened/Square Footage

  • Austin, TX – University of Texas (2017) = 22,000 sq.ft.
  • Boston, MA – Brookline/Boston University (2016) = 16,100
  • Boston, MA – Cambridge/Harvard/MIT (2017)
  • Boston, MA – Porter Square (2018) = 28,000
  • Brooklyn, NY – Bensonhurst = 20,400
  • Brooklyn, NY – Downtown/Fulton Street = 125,000
  • Brooklyn, NY – Kings Highway (2020) = 50,000
  • Brooklyn, MY – Midwood (2018) = 37,700
  • Chapel Hill, NC – UNC (2017)
  • Chicago, IL – Belmont Station (2016) = 29,000
  • Chicago, IL – Evanston/Northwestern University (2018) = 27,400
  • Chicago, IL – Hyde Park/University of Chicago (2016) = 21,600
  • Chicago, IL – Lakeview/Ashland (2017) = 31,000
  • Chicago, IL – Lincoln Park North (2016) = 33,000
  • Chicago, IL – Logan Square (2020) = 27,400
  • Chicago, IL – Oak Park (2017) = 22,000
  • Chicago, IL – Rogers Park (2019) = 23,000
  • Chicago, IL – Skokie (2017) = 33,000
  • Chicago, IL – South Loop
  • Chicago, IL – Streeterville (2015) = 24,000
  • Chicago, IL – State Street
  • Chicago, IL – Wicker Park (2018) = 12,800
  • Cincinnati, OH – University of Cincinnati (2017) = 17,700
  • Columbus, OH – High Street/OSU (2018) = 28,000
  • Denver, CO – Downtown (2018) = 28,000
  • East Lansing, MI – Grand River Avenue/MSU (2019) = 22,000
  • Gainesville, FL – University of Florida
  • Irvine, CA – UC Irvine = 20,000
  • Las Vegas, NV – Showcase (2020) = 20,000
  • Lexington, KY – The Hub at UK (2019) = 21,000
  • Los Angeles, CA – Koreatown (2018) = 22,000
  • Los Angeles, CA – USC (2017) = 25,000
  • Miami Beach, FL – The BLVD (2019) = 32,900
  • Minneapolis, MN – Dinkytown/U of MN (2014) = 20,000
  • Minneapolis, MN – Downtown
  • Minneapolis, MN – Uptown (2017) = 21,400
  • New York City (Manhattan), NY – Columbus Circle = 34,000
  • New York City (Manhattan), NY – East Village = 27,000
  • New York City (Manhattan), NY – Hell’s Kitchen (2020) = 29,000
  • New York City (Manhattan), NY – Kips Bay (2019) = 21,000
  • New York City (Manhattan), NY – Lower East Side = 22,500
  • New York City (Manhattan), NY – Tribeca/NYU (2016) = 45,000
  • New York City (Manhattan), NY – Upper East Side (2019) = 22,600
  • New York City (Queens), NY – Astoria (2022) = 47,000
  • New York City (Queens), NY – Forest Hills = 21,000
  • New York City (Queens), NY – Jackson Heights (2020) = 22,700
  • Oakland, CA – Berkeley/University of California (2017) = 12,000
  • Oakland, CA – 33rd & Broadway (2019) = 33,000
  • Philadelphia, PA – Ardmore (2020) = 31,000
  • Philadelphia, PA – Broad & Washington (2018) = 39,000
  • Philadelphia, PA – Rittenhouse Square (2016) = 21,000
  • Philadelphia, PA – Washington Square West (2016) = 19,000
  • Philadelphia, PA – Art Museum (2017) = 38,376
  • Portland, OR – Powell (2018) = 32,100
  • Provo, UT – BYU (2018) = 26,100
  • Raleigh, NC – NCSU (2017) = 23,000
  • San Diego North Park (2019) = 35,200
  • San Diego, CA – Ocean Beach (2019)
  • San Francisco, CA – Folsom (2019) = 40,000
  • San Francisco, CA – SFSU (2017)
  • Seattle, WA – Ballard (2019) = 26,900
  • Seattle, WA – Bellevue (2020) = 49,000
  • Seattle, WA – Pike Place Market (2012) = 43,000
  • Seattle, WA – U District at the University of Washington (2019) = 21,000
  • State College, PA – Fraser Centre/Penn State (2017) = 28,000
  • Tallahassee, FL – Florida State University (2018) = 20,000
  • Washington, DC – Arlington/Ballston, VA (2021) = 41,500
  • Washington, DC – Arlington/Rosslyn, VA
  • Washington, DC – Bethesda, MD
  • Washington, DC – Cleveland Park (2019) = 24,700
  • Washington, DC – College Park/University of Maryland (2015)
  • Washington, DC – Falls Church, VA
  • Washington, DC – Georgia & Eastern (2019) = 30,000
  • Washington, DC – New York Avenue (2020) = 67,000
  • West Lafayette, IN – State & Northwestern/Purdue University (2019) = 11,800 sq.ft.

SOURCES:

https://corporate.target.com/about/shopping-experience/upcoming-store-openings
https://corporate.target.com/about/shopping-experience/Los-Angeles-market
https://corporate.target.com/about/shopping-experience/New-York-market
https://www.retaildive.com/news/target-expanding-urban-footprint-with-new-chicago-store/513628/
https://corporate.target.com/article/2017/07/july-campus-stores
http://fortune.com/2016/10/05/target-manhattan-smaller-store/
https://corporate.target.com/press/releases/2018/03/target-announces-plans-to-accelerate-multiyear-str
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