But don't worry, it's finally coming!

By Katie Holdefehr
October 20, 2017

Target has more than 1,800 stores in 49 states, and in October 2018, the retailer is moving into the last state to get a store: Vermont. While the first Target store opened in Roseville, Minnesota in 1962, the Green Mountain State has held out for 55 years, mainly because of the state’s resistance to big-box retailers, according to NPR. While some residents have been campaigning for the store for years, Vermont’s Act 250, a land use act intended to mitigate the effects of development, has delayed Target’s arrival.

The new store is planned to open next year in the University Mall in South Burlington, Target announced in a press release yesterday. The convenient location is expected to be popular with both local residents and students at the nearby University of Vermont. Target’s new small-format store layout made the move possible. In 2012, plans to open a 136,000-square-foot store in Williston, Vermont were rejected over concerns about the size of the store and pushback from local residents. At just 60,000 square feet, the new smaller-scale store in South Burlington will be less than half the size of the proposed 2012 location.

In addition to bringing Target’s amazing selection of home decor (hello, Project 62 collection), beauty products, clothing, and groceries to South Burlington, the new store is expected to hire 75 employees. “As we focus on growing the Vermont economy, bringing in new employers with a commitment to creating jobs, and providing career opportunities for Vermonters is so valuable to those efforts,” said Governor Phil Scott in a press release. “While we may be the last state to join the Target family, we know they will quickly become part of the Vermont community, and look forward to seeing its long-term success in the state.”

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