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December 4, 2018

Target to debut scaled-down W. Hartford store in 2019

target paid leave Rendering | Contributed Target debuted its first-ever small storefront in West Hartford in August.

Retail giant Target announced plans Tuesday to launch its first-ever small storefront in West Hartford’s Bishops Corner shopping center.

Target says it’s slated to open the 59,000-square-foot West Hartford store, its seventh in Greater Hartford and 21st in Connecticut, in 2019.

The Minnesota-based retailer is leasing the 333 N. Main St. site from EDENS, a national retail real estate owner. Wal-Mart Neighborhood market previously operated a scaled down version of its larger store at the site, but it closed in 2016.

The rollout of smaller stores underscores Target’s plans to reach new guests by opening more convenient locations in urban areas, dense suburban neighborhoods and near college campuses.

Target says the West Hartford location will still offer the same products offered in its full-size stores, including food, beverages, apparel, home goods, electronics, accessories and health and beauty items, among others. It will also provide online order pickups

The store will employ about 75 people.

Built in 1970, the shopping center houses Whole Foods Market, Marshalls, TD Bank and others.

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