Target to open small-format store in Midtown Detroit

Target intends to open a small-format store in Midtown Detroit as part of a planned new residential development, the developer announced on Monday.

The 32,000-square-foot Target store would be on the southeast corner of Mack and Woodward Avenues near Whole Food. Target has been keeping an eye on this general location since at least 2016.

Monday’s announcement did not specify a start of construction or an opening date for the target.

The shop and the apartments would be built on a now empty property next to a newly built parking deck. The overall project is still subject to the approval of the site design and various development subsidies.

The Midtown store would be significantly smaller than typical Target stores, which averaged around 130,000 square feet, according to the retailer.

“I would like to thank Target for choosing Detroit, Midtown and our next new mixed-use apartment hotel community in town,” said Jonathan Holtzman, CEO of City Club Apartments, which is the proposed 350-unit apartment complex known as City Club Apartments Midtown.

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The proposed store marks a return to Detroit for Target, which closed its location at 8500 E. Eight Mile Road in 2003.

Quoting the store’s poor financial performance, a former Target representative said it was losing customers to Target stores in the Northland Center and Eastland Center shopping malls. Since then, the Northland and Eastland destinations have been closed.

Earlier this month, Meijer opened one of its new small-format stores, a 42,000-square-foot Rivertown Market, about a mile east of downtown at 1475 E. Jefferson.

The target would be part of the City Club Apartments Midtown project, which includes 350 upscale apartments in a new 16-story residential tower and a six-story Midrise building. 20 percent of the units were reserved at lower rents for tenants with below-average incomes.

Holtzman said earlier this year that a large retailer wanted to anchor the planned development, although at the time he was not allowed to name Target.

The announcement on Monday does not indicate any expected groundbreaking or opening dates. Holtzman says that “we continue to find ourselves in an environment with significant labor and material shortages”.

“Midtown Detroit Inc. is excited to have Target come to Midtown,” said Sue Mosey, president of Midtown Detroit. “This store will provide groceries, general merchandise, and other amenities for our growing downtown / midtown population of over 25,000 residents and 30,000 college students. We assume that residents from other parts of Detroit will also find this shop a convenient place to shop. “

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