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Target Aims to Open in October

Huntington Station store could add about 250 jobs.

Target plans to open its Jericho Turnpike store by October, creating about 250 jobs in the process, the discount retailer said Friday.

The store, under construction on the site of the former Huntington Townhouse, will feature a significant grocery component.

Sarah Van Nevel, a spokeswoman for the company, said Target "is rolling out a new model to include fresh groceries with a new expanded food fresh layout, fresh produce, etc., as well as a selection of fresh meats and bakery items. There will also be an expanded grocery section."

The store will run a job fair about 10 weeks before the store is expected to open, and will be looking for both full time and part time workers in management, cashier and many other positions.

"We look at everything from population to whether we have other stores nearby and its general potential," when locating a store, she said. "We’re just really excited about Huntington."

The Huntington Station store is one of 17 new sites the company expects to open in 2013. It already operates 1,782 stores in 49 states.

This is the second attempt to locate a retail store on the large property just east of New York Avenue. Lowe's planned to build but withdrew as part of a general pullback on some of its expansion plans.

The Huntington store will cover 150,000 square feet.

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“Target is excited to expand its presence in New York in 2013,” said Samir Shah, Target’s senior vice president of stores in the eastern region. “We are committed to being a good neighbor and developing long-lasting relationships with guests and the Huntington community.”

  The store will start a local grant program, contribute to the United Way and donate food to a Feeding America member, or approved agency, the company said.

Jeannette Donovan January 14, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Am so happy to learn Target will be opening a new store on Long Island. More jobs for local people! With the price of gas & public transportation rising it makes sense to get a job close to home.
Christina January 15, 2013 at 01:10 PM
Thank you Target for coming to Huntington! Maybe Kmart will start cleaning up their store when they see the competition coming to town.

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