Rapid fire: Target is expanding quickly in San Francisco. It's good news for shoppers, good news for residents, and good news for job seekers. A long-debated, long empty, huge space on Geary Boulevard at the corner of Masonic is sporting a new signboard announcing the arrival of another city center Target in October 2013.
The 119,000-square-foot space has stood empty since the closing of Mervyn's after filing for bankruptcy 2008. It is located at a busy intersection with good public transportation links, and a parking lot, where a Best Buy is also found. The new location will be known as San Francisco West CityTarget. It aims to offer the convenience of one-stop shopping by carrying essentials, on-trend fashions, and exclusive designer collections. The store also will include a Starbucks and a pharmacy, as in the Metreon location.
Target Metreon plus one
Since the launch of a 98,000-square-foot Target in San Francisco's Metreon Center in October 2012 has been considered a success already, Geary Boulevard is one of eight in total that the retailer has slated for city centers. While this second San Francisco location was announced earlier, it has not received full attention, due to the overshadowing of that announcement by the Metreon opening. Now that the large pre-opening sign is up for all to see, local excitement will be mounting.
A bull's eye for new jobs
According to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal, the city where Target is headquartered, the new store location will employ about 250 workers. In addition, SFGate reported that the first San Francisco Target had a positive job creation spinoff effect, "At the Metreon center, food vendors such as Super Duper Burger, La Boulange and Cako have already opened alongside the AMC theater, National University, Chronicle Books and Massage Envy Spa." Prospective candidates can go to Target.com/careers, or visit a kiosk in an existing Target, likely to appear about three months prior to the October 2013 new store opening date.
Target in the community
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation has 1,781 stores across the United States. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs. That giving now equals more than $4 million a week. For Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility can be reviewed in more detail at Target.com/hereforgood.