Target said earlier this week that it will close nine crime-prone sites across four states — including one in NYC — as of October 21 due to an abundance of theft and “organized retail crime” in many of its stores.
The company added in a statement that “before making this decision, we extensively engaged in tactics to prevent and combat theft… such as adding more security team members, deploying third-party guard services, and implementing theft-deterrent equipment throughout our business.” Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we still have trouble running these stores reliably and safely.
Here’s a look at the full list of closures, as well as the remaining stores in those 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, 15 locations with more than 2,500 team members are still operational.
More than 150 sites are still open in the cities where the closures are happening, and the firm urged customers who will be impacted by the closures to purchase at Target.com.
The company claimed that in order to keep stores secure, it is also spending a lot of money. The company’s strategy includes increased security, locking cases for product categories that are vulnerable to theft, and a collaboration with the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) section of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The news release ended, “Although we will continue to make significant investments across our business, we cannot fix this issue on our own.