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Target opens first two stores


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POSTED: Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Target Corp. has opened its first two stores on Oahu—at last.

After more than two years of planning and anticipation, the doors to Target stores in Kapolei and Salt Lake opened this morning at 8 a.m. to hundreds of eagerly waiting customers.

There was a crowd, and a jammed parking lot, but the spacious aisles were still easy to navigate, perhaps, in part, because Target invited special guests, including team family members and community representatives, to shop at the store a day early on Tuesday evening.

“It’s like having a baby, and the baby’s finally born,” said Mark Attucs, Target’s district assets protection manager.

At Salt Lake, the first customer stood in line at 5:30 a.m. and was able to walk in two-and-a-half hours later to applauding Target employees. At Kapolei, the crowd was thicker, with the supply of approximately 500 shopping carts out within half an hour after the doors opened, according to store team leader Jon Radtke.

The toy section was popular, as were women’s sportswear, the baby center and home furnishings department.

Though many store promotions will begin at Target’s official grand opening on Sunday, there were some new store specials, including 12-ounce cans of spam for $1.50 and giant toy playballs for 99 cents.