Target on west side set to close

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Target has announced that it plans to close a store in the Hilltop area in a matter of months.

A specific date has not been set for when the Target Greatland located at 3720 Soldano Boulevard will close, but company spokesperson Molly Snyder says it will not shut down before November 1.

Snyder says the team has been informed that the decision to shut the store down was made after several years of “challenging business” and a “decline in profitability.”’

She says Target will also close another store in Kentucky.

“This is really something we look at on a store by store location and make individual decisions that we believe are right for the company,” she said.

Residents in the Greater Hilltop community are bracing for the impact.

“It’s going to hurt,” said Norm Nelson, who frequently shops at the store.

Stephen Torsell, executive director of the Homes on the Hill community development organization, said he is “sad to see it go.”

“I don’t know if there’s much we can do about keeping it,” he said.

Community developers however, feel it sends the wrong message about the community.

“When you’re talking about the commercial key the commercial corridor at Broad Street, you really expect more viable businesses there,” Torsell said.

Some parents, like Nelson, just expect safe access to a place to stock up on items for their kids.

“(If) you don’t have good transportation, how can you go Christmas shopping?” Nelson shared. “For Target, as far as I’m concerned, it will be a loss to our community,”

There are 90 team members working at the store located at 3720 Soldano Boulevard, according to Target. All eligible team members have the opportunity to transfer to a nearby store for work.

Last fiscal year, Target says it closed 11 stores across the U.S.

Sneider says eligible team members at the Columbus store were given the option to transfer to a nearby store for work.

Tonight on NBC4 at 5 and 6, hear community members reaction to this decision.

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