Target is experimenting with opening smaller (20,000 square foot) TargetExpress stores and will open three in San Francisco area next year. Target has already opened one beta TargetExpress in the Dinkytown neighborhood in Minneapolis. According to RetailWire News, the smaller stores will be stocked based on the needs of the surrounding areas. For example, the beta store has fresh produce, grab-and-go snacks, beauty, electronics, seasonal, and home items. It's unclear if Icees are considered a grab-and-go snack, but I sincerely hope they are.

As for where these mini Targets will be, The San Francisco Business Times reported today that one of the stores might be going into a lot at 1830 Ocean Avenue in Ingleside, which has been empty for six years. The new stores might not be welcomed into the city with open arms because of San Francisco's policy regarding chain stores, but the big question here is do we even need more Targets?

[Via: RetailWire News and Racked]

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