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Target stores closing in Washington D.C. metro area due to 'declining foot traffic'

JM McBride

Two Target stores in the Washington D.C. area are closing.

The Target store closures are part of a string nationwide. Target stores are also closing in Minnesota and Pennsylvania. The Target stores that are closing in the Washington D.C. area are:

  • Maryland: 7501 Baltimore Ave, College Park
  • Virginia: 500 S Washington St, Falls Church

According to WSBTV, the Target stores will close on May 13, 2023, due to 'declining foot traffic."

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“The decision to close one of our stores isn’t something we take lightly,” Kayla Castañeda, a spokesperson for Target, told WSBTV. “It’s an action we take only after multiple years of working to improve performance.”

The Target store closing in Falls Church, Virginia, is known as a "mini Target store," according to Patch.

It opened in 2018 and had about 30 employees, according to Patch, which added that Target still has more than 50 stores operating in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

The Target store closures come on the heels of Walmart closing a series of stories in states throughout the country, including Wisconsin, Illinois, New Mexico, and Oregon because Walmart says those locations are under-performing.

DBK News reported that the Target in College Park did not meet its performance goals, which is why it was targeted for closing. It is also considered a mini Target.

Michael Williams, College Park’s economic development manager, told the news site, “We know a lot of residents and students were able to walk over from campus to get their medical needs. The city is going to work diligently to find a replacement.”

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