Target announced Friday it will open a new store in Santa Rosa this summer followed by the first-ever Target in Santa Clara in the fall, as the big-box retailer continues its push into Northern California.
Target plans to open in Santa Rosa's Coddington Mall in July, marking the retailer's second location in that city. The Santa Rosa North store will be about 140,000 square feet and include groceries, a pharmacy, an eye-care center for eyeglasses and contact lenses, and a Starbucks. Target plans to hire about 200 employees for the new store and will announce job fairs in May. Candidates may also apply online at Target.com/careers or in other Target locations starting in April.
Santa Clara will get its first Target store in October at the Santa Clara Town Center on El Camino Real. The store will be the same size as the Santa Rosa location and offer similar services such as the eye-care center and also will hire about 200 employees. Target will host job fairs in August and begin accepting applications in July.
Target has announced plans to open 10 stores in 2014, including one in San Jose in March in the Village Oaks shopping center. Target is hiring 300 new employees for that store. The retailer also opened its first Alameda store in a new waterfront development last fall.
The new stores come as the retailer continues to reel from a massive data breach in November and December, which stole the debit and credit card information of an estimated 40 million customers and may have taken the names, phone numbers and home and email addresses of up to another 70 million people. Target's sales took a hit during the height of holiday shopping -- the most important time of the year for retail -- and said its fourth-quarter profits would come in lower than expected.
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