Target has announced another wave of store closures, with outlets in Minnesota and Wisconsin among them.
The Minneapolis-based retailer wielded the axe on 13 stores Tuesday, with a spokesperson telling the Duluth News Tribune that the closures followed "several years of decreasing profitability."
Among those closing on Jan. 30 is the store in New Ulm, in southern Minnesota, and in Superior, Wisconsin.
While Superior residents are losing their local Target, they face just a 10-mile trip to the one in Duluth. New Ulm residents, however, will have to travel nearly 30 miles to Mankato once their store closes.
New Ulm Chamber of Commerce President Audra Shaneman told the Mankato Free Press that closure is "unfortunate news for our community."
"We know our local store was profitable, had great community support, employed dedicated and productive employees and experienced exceptional customer loyalty from shoppers in our area," she added.
The announcement has echoes of a similar one this past February, when Target revealed plans to close 11 stores including its one in Austin, Minnesota, which prompted an ultimately unsuccessful campaign to save it.
Target has said that eligible employees will be offered transfers to other stores, with FOX 21 reporting that the 85 workers at the Superior Target will all have the option to transfer to Duluth.
"The decision to close a Target store is not made lightly," spokesperson Kristy Welker told the Duluth News Tribune. "We typically decide to close a store after careful consideration of the long-term financial performance of a particular location. Typically, the decision to close a store is as a result of seeing several years of decreasing profitability."
Here's a full list of the closing stores.
- Austin North East (Austin, Texas)
- Suncoast Pasco County (Odessa, Fla.)
- Casa Grande, Ariz.
- Victorville, Calif.
- East Flint (Flint, Mich.)
- Columbus Southwest (Columbus, Ohio)
- Northridge (Milwaukee)
- Springfield, Ohio
- New Ulm, Minn.
- Ottumwa, Iowa
- Anderson, Ind.
- Dixie Highway (Louisville, Ky.)