Due to a significant surge in theft and incidents of “organized retail crime” within several of its stores, Target recently revealed plans to shutter nine high-crime locations spanning four states, including one situated in New York City. These closures will take effect on October 21.
In a statement, the company acknowledged its robust efforts to combat theft, which included substantial investments in security measures, the addition of more security team members, the engagement of third-party guard services, and the deployment of various theft-deterrent tools throughout its operations. Despite these proactive measures, the company regrettably faced persistent challenges in ensuring the safe and successful operation of these stores.
Below is a comprehensive list of the closures, along with the stores that will remain open in those respective areas:
New York City Market:
Harlem: 517 E 117th St.
96 stores remain open in the New York City market, employing more than 20,000 team members.
Seattle University Way: 4535 University Way NE
Seattle Ballard: 1448 NW Market St., Ste. 100
22 stores remain open in the Seattle market, employing nearly 4,000 team members.
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, employing more than 6,400 team members.
Portland Galleria: 939 SW Morrison St.
Portland Powell: 3031 SE Powell Blvd.
Portland Hollywood: 4030 NE Halsey St.
In the Portland market, Target will continue to operate 15 stores, providing employment to over 2,500 dedicated team members.
For the convenience of affected shoppers, the company has encouraged them to explore Target’s online shopping options at Target.com. Moreover, it’s important to note that there are still over 150 operational Target locations in markets where these closures are occurring, offering accessible alternatives to customers.
To bolster store security and mitigate theft, the brand is making substantial investments. These measures include the deployment of additional security personnel, the use of locking cases for merchandise categories particularly vulnerable to theft, and a strategic partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) division, demonstrating the company’s commitment to safety.
The brand’s press statement concluded by emphasizing that while they are committed to ongoing investments in their business, they recognize the need for collective efforts to address the issue effectively.