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09/22/03

Target Coming to Savannah

It's official: Target is coming to Savannah. Store representatives are now confirming what has been somewhat evident for months. WTOC first told you about target's plans to take over the space occupied by the old Belk store in Savannah Mall in June. Although company officials wouldn't confirm their plans at the time, leaders of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce did.

Construction of the new store will take place where the old Belk store now stands. We all know what a difference Bass Pro has made in the Savannah Mall since it opened its doors a few months ago, and officials expect Target to do the same. Shoppers we spoke with are very excited.

Nathan Kelly, the mall's general manager, told us, "It's been one of the most requested anchor stores for years. We finally got the deal done and we're excited to get it going in the next few days."

The new store will be about 126,000 square feet and is expected to bring at least 100 new jobs to the mall. Shopper Dalen Wade says it's a better quality store. "It's a cleaner store. There are too many Wal-Marts around," he said.

The closest Target now is on US Highway 278 in Bluffton, so this new store will be much more convenient for Savannah shoppers. They will start demolishing the old Belk's building at the end of this month. We spoke with the Target headquarters in Minneapolis and they say they're excited about coming to Savannah. The store is expected to open at the end of 2004.

Reported by: Hena Daniels, hdaniels@wtoc.com

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