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A cute top, a pair of sandals, laundry detergent ... and a box of sauvignon blanc?

That could be a shopping list if you're headed to the Super Target in Otsego later this year. The Business Journal reports the city council this week approved a license for Target to sell beer, wine, and liquor.

It will mark the first time Target has ventured into alcohol sales in Minnesota, but the retailer is no stranger to strong drink. The Business Journal says Target first moved into liquor sales in 1996 and now has bottles on the shelf in 72 percent of its stores across the U.S.

Target even has its own line of boxed wines.

With the approval in Otsego (a Wright County suburb about 30 miles northwest of Minneapolis), Target now has an alcohol foothold in its home state. The Star Tribune says the retailer calls the Otsego move a pilot, with a spokeswoman adding “It’s an important part of Target’s ongoing efforts to deliver a convenient, one-stop shopping experience for our guests.”

The liquor license is effective on July 1, but Otsego's mayor tells KSTP the new store is not expected to open until October.

The Business Journal notes that under Minnesota law, liquor stores must have separate entrances and exits from adjacent grocery stores.

New janitorial policy

Separately, Target announced Tuesday it is adopting new labor guidelines involving the janitors at its Twin Cities stores. The Pioneer Press reports the retailer is changing the language in its contracts with third-party vendors who provide custodial service.

The changes will require the vendors to meet with labor organizations that represent the janitors, provided those groups agree not to strike or picket target stores, the newspaper says. They also call for creating workplace safety committees and prohibit requiring employees to work seven days a week.

A group that represents retail janitors hailed the policy as the first of its kind in the industry.

New information security officer

Target also hired a new chief information security officer Tuesday. The company says Brad Maiorino, who had held a similar position with General Motors, will help ensure Target is protected from information security threats.

Security threats, of course, have occupied center stage in bullseye land since last year's data breach.

Target's annual meeting is taking place Wednesday and some analysts have speculated that a majority of the board could be replaced as part of the fallout over the breach, which may wind up costing the retailer $1 billion.

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