Target is having a ball with these 1200-pound Poké Balls


You know those giant red cement balls outside of Target that prevent cars from driving too close to the entrance?

Apparently they're called bollards, and Target has decided to turn them into Poké Balls for all those Pokémon fans out there.

Target's corporate creative team came up with the idea to turn the 1,200 pound cement balls into a fun photo op for Pokémon Go players, according to a news release. 

However, only about 400 Target Stores are participating so far.

That potentially leaves nearly 1,400 Target stores around the country with Poké Ball envy, reports CNET.

“We wanted to create an extra special experience for our biggest Pokémon fans, and landed on this idea that we think they’ll love,” said Rick Gomez, senior vice president of marketing, in the release. “Our creative team—many of whom are Pokémon fans themselves—designed the Poké Balls, and we worked quickly to get them up across the country. We hope our guests have as much fun with them as we do.”

Many Target shoppers are already posting photos of their Poké Ball excitement on Twitter and Instagram.

The number of Minnesota Target stores that now have giant Poké Balls is uncertain. But based on social media posts, stores from the West Coast to the East Coast are participating.

Spotted in Reston, Virginia:


New York, New York:

Pinecrest, Florida:


Baldwin Park, California:

Daly City, California:

Costa Mesa, California:

And from Target workers in McKinney, Texas:

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