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Another 235 Twin Cities workers laid off by Target as ax falls on tech roles

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Target is laying off even more workers in the Twin Cities – this time 235 employees spread across its various campuses in the metro area.

After a year in which it has shed more than 2,000 jobs in its Minneapolis headquarters and its satellite offices in Brooklyn Park and St. Louis Park, the retailer has announced a further 275 job cuts in its tech department – of which 40 are in India – and that it has closed 35 open positions.

In a statement given to BringMeTheNews, the retail giant said the layoffs came after a "comprehensive review of our current structure and capabilities" during which they found the need "to make changes to meet the current, and anticipate the future, needs of the business."

Workers were told Tuesday morning, with most of the cuts coming from the company's technology department, but despite the layoffs it has said it is still hiring in several areas.

"The majority of the impact was across our technology teams and was primarily focused on areas such business analysis and project management," a spokesperson said.

"In addition, we are redeploying several positions in our technology department and will continue to recruit technical talent for positions such as scrum masters, engineers and engineering managers, and product owners."

Workers to get 'comprehensive' severance deals

Many of Target's tech department workers are based in its Brooklyn Park office, where according to the Business Journal around 3,900 staff were moved from its downtown Minneapolis HQ in 2011.

Just a few weeks ago, Target announced that it would be selling its west campus by I-394 in St. Louis Park, with 1,300 staff relocating to Brooklyn Park – describing it as a "strategic" move, and one that should have no bearing on jobs

But the latest layoffs have nothing to do with the sale of its west campus, Target said, with those losing their jobs said to be "spread across our [Minnesota] HQ campuses."

Those laid off have been told they will receive "comprehensive separation packages" comparable to those given to those laid off earlier this year.

In March, when 1,700 Twin Cities workers were laid off, Target said it would be offering them 15 weeks' pay as a minimum, plus extra depending on their years of service.

The Star Tribune says that executives had been "upfront" with workers about the impending layoffs, adding the cuts are another "painful part" of CEO Brian Cornell's plan to reduce bureaucracy as the retailer continues its turnaround.

The newspaper adds Target now employs just under 11,000 people between its corporate offices.

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