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Target to Shut 13 Stores in January


An unlucky 13 Target stores have been singled out for closure on January 30.

The Minneapolis-headquartered retailer on Monday notified employees at the underperforming locations and said that eligible team members will be offered the option to transfer to other stores.

“The decision to close a Target store is not made lightly. 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,” Kristy Welker, a company spokesperson, said in a statement.

The locations Target has confirmed to be closing are as follows:

• Austin North East (Austin, Texas)
• Suncoast Pasco County (Odessa, Florida)
• Casa Grande, Arizona
• Victorville, California
• East Flint (Flint, Michigan)
• Columbus Southwest (Columbus, Ohio)
• Northridge (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
• Superior, Wisconsin
• Springfield, Ohio
• New Ulm, Minnesota
• Ottumwa, Iowa
• Anderson, Indiana
• Dixie Highway (Louisville, Kentucky)

Target currently has around 1,800 stores in the U.S. News of the closures comes after the company shuttered all 133 of its Canadian stores earlier this year, in addition to the 11 locations it closed below the border back in February. It also opened six new stores last month.

The mass-market retailer isn’t the only one making big changes to its business next year. In September, Macy’s announced plans to close between 35 and 40 underperforming stores in early 2016 in an effort to stay competitive as consumers split their purchases across physical stores and online.

“Physical stores remain absolutely vital to our omnichannel strategy, which provides local touchpoints and tailored merchandise assortments for shoppers in nearly every major market,” Terry Lundgren, Macy’s chairman and chief executive officer, said in a statement at the time. “As new shopping centers are opened, however, many customers change their shopping habits and often the sales volume of a store gets divided among the new and nearby, existing centers.”