Retail giant launches West Jackson location
10/09/2012 7:35 PM
The newest West Loop retail tenant is now open for business. The Whitney M. Young High School band played “Superstition” to kick off the ribbon-cutting ceremony, as Alderman Bob Fioretti did the honors.
The mammoth Target Store at 1101 W. Jackson Blvd. is definitely impressive. It offers traditional dry goods along with a grocery section, even fresh produce, meats and bakery goods. There’s also a pharmacy and Starbucks.
An earnest staff is learning the terrain along with shoppers. As I searched for Pepperidge Farm Goldfish, a Target employee diligently led me to the snack aisle like a Sherpa guide.
I experienced a bit of nostalgia walking through the store, too. My first job was in a Target Store, during the summer of 1969 in St. Louis. I was hired to handle inventory—accomplished with a pencil and pad. It would have been nice if we’d had the advantage of barcode scanners. (For the record, gas was 35 cents a gallon and “Honky Tonk Women” by the Stones was number one on the charts.)
Julie Walz, the manager of the West Loop Target, probably hadn’t been born when my friends and I were listening to “Dizzy” by Tommy Roe (also popular in 1969), but she is an 18-year veteran of the retailer. In opening remarks during the ribbon-cutting, Walz presented a check for $5,000 to the store’s closest neighbor, the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls.
“I’m proud of the commitment Target has made to the neighborhood,” Walz said.
During the planning stage for the store, Target was also willing to work with the West Loop and make design changes requested by Fioretti.
“When they first came to my office, I didn’t like the way it was laid out,” Fioretti said. “I wanted the architecture and the entrance to fit in with the neighborhood. Target listened to us and agreed to everything.
“This store reflects well on the community," he said. "This is a great thing for the neighborhood and the City of Chicago. We should all be proud of Target and support this store.”