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Big-box retailer Target intends to close 13 stores across the country by the end of January.
The Minneapolis-based discounter has confirmed plans to shut down these underperforming stores in 11 different states.
Stressing that "the decision to close a Target store is not made lightly," a company spokesperson explained that stores are typically closed "as a result of seeing several years of decreasing profitability."
Of the effected work force, "eligible" employees will be given the choice of transferring to another store.
Target's moves come amid a highly competitive marketplace that saw the retailer withdraw from an ambitious expansion into Canada. Meanwhile, Target is continuing its plan to ramp up its grocery offerings with an increased emphasis on fresh foods, for which it is considering partnerships with outside companies to shore up its supply chain.
These Target stores are expected to be closed by Jan. 31:
- Austin North East, Austin, Texas
- Suncoast Pasco County, Odessa, Fla.
- Casa Grande, Ariz.
- Victorville, Calif.
- East Flint, Flint, Mich.
- Columbus Southwest, Columbus, Ohio
- Springfield, Ohio
- Northridge, Milwaukee
- Superior, Wis.
- New Ulm, Minn.
- Ottumwa, Iowa
- Anderson, Ind.
- Dixie Highway, Louisville, Ky.
Minneapolis-based Target operates 1,799 stores in the U.S.