Want to Meet Charles Barkley? Go to the City Avenue Target

Charles Barkley in a Target

Cory Goldman with his son, Eli, and Charles Barkley at the City Ave. Target.

Cory Goldman was shopping at the City Avenue Target with his wife, Jen, and their 5-month-old son, Eli, when he saw someone he knew in the pharmacy department: Charles Barkley.

He didn’t want to approach the Hall of Fame basketball player, but when they ended up directly behind Barkley in the checkout line, Jen decided she wanted a photo of her son with Barkley. Sir Charles said he’d take a photo, and Cory ended up jumping into the picture, too.

“He was the nicest!” says Jen Rosenstock Goldman, a Philadelphia public school teacher when she’s not chatting up Sixers legends. “He was talking to an older woman in front of him about her grandson playing ball. He was just a normal guy buying toothpaste and Diet Coke.”

And the Goldmans weren’t the only ones to see Barkley in the City Avenue Target. A scan of social media shows that if you want to meet Charles Barkley, you might as well just camp out there. Read more »

A Tale of Two Targets

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The new Target at 19th and Chestnut streets opened with a ribbon-cutting last night. | Photo: Dan McQuade

Colleen Hastings said she never saw someone more excited for the opening of the Target.

It was last night. The girl must have been six or seven years old. She had dragged her father to the outside of the new Target store at the corner of 19th and Chestnut streets, which was about to hold its ribbon-cutting.

“She was so excited,” says Hastings, the store team leader for Center City’s second Target. “She said she wanted to work at Target when she grows up. People would come up and ask what was going on, and she would fill them in: ‘This is the new Target, it’s opening in a few minutes!’”

Residents of Rittenhouse Square might be sharing in that little girl’s excitement today: Last night, the new Target officially opened for business. So how’s it different than the one that opened in July seven blocks away on the 1100 block of Chestnut? Read more »

Local Mom Launches Petition to Bring Autism-Friendly Checkouts to Target

NavyAnna Jackowski and her mom, Kristin, who launched the Change.org petition to bring autism-friendly checkout lanes to Target and other big-box stores.

NavyAnna Jackowski and her mom, Kristin, who launched the Change.org petition to bring autism-friendly checkout lanes to Target and other big-box stores.

Shopping in a big-box store with young kids can be an aggravating experience for anyone. But if you have a child on the autism spectrum, it can be downright harrowing, what with the beeping cash registers, crowds, and people staring judgmentally when they see a child who is, in their eyes, acting up. Well, one local woman has an idea to alleviate some of that stress. Read more »

Target Is Holding a Three-Day Job Fair for Its Rittenhouse Store

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Target’s store at 1900 Chestnut is under construction and is scheduled to open on October 5th. | Photo: Dan McQuade

Target expects to bring 70 new jobs to Center City Philadelphia this fall when it opens its 1900 Chestnut Street location in October. The company opened its first Center City store on the 1100 block of Chestnut last month. The new Target stores downtown are part of the chain’s “flexible format” type; they are about 15 percent of the size of a regular big-box target.

“Philadelphia is a priority market for Target, and we’re excited to build a talented team as we prepare for the October opening of our second flexible-format store downtown,” said Colleen Hastings, store leader of the Rittenhouse Square location. Read more »

What You’ll See in Center City’s New Target

A mural inside Target on Chestnut Street shows Philly landmarks in Target's design style

A mural inside the new Chestnut Street Target. (Photo: Dan McQuade)

The wait is finally over. Center City has a Target.

The new Target, located at 1128 Chestnut Street, is one of the discount chain’s 23 “flexible format” stores and the first located in Philadelphia. It is the 35th Target in the Philadelphia area.

The store can be entered from either Chestnut or Sansom Street, and is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.

It’s smaller that an average Target, which is around 130,000 square feet. The one on Chestnut Street is just 19,000 — which means it won’t be selling big-screen televisions, couches or other big-ticket items you’d find at a Target store. Read more »

The Creepy Science Behind Why You Love Target So Much

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The mind games are real, people. | iStock/Kasahasa.

It’s no secret Target has our hearts — with those colorful housewares, punchy desk supplies and racks of bathing suits priced oh-so-perfectly, how can we resist? Center City certainly can’t, with people nearly lining the block in anticipation of Target’s new location opening this summer. Target is what my mom calls a ‘$100 store,’ meaning you can’t just pop in for one thing — you’re definitely dropping at least a Benjamin while you’re there, even when you have no intention of doing so.

But why is it that Target has such a hold on us (and our wallets)? Is it the mascot dog with the cute bullseye? The mini sale section in the front? That deliciously sinful, buttery popcorn? We sought out local experts — retail analysts, psychologists, professors at some of the top fashion programs in the world — to help us crack the code, revealing the science behind why you love Target so much. Their answers were insightful, surprising, and, well, downright creepy.  Read more »

First Center City Target Scheduled to Open on July 20th

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The under-construction Target on the 1100 block of Chestnut Street in Center City Philadelphia. (Photo: Dan McQuade)

Target’s first Center City location has an opening date.

A spokesperson for the retail giant confirmed today to Philadelphia magazine that the Target at 1128 Chestnut Street is scheduled to open on July 20th. Target’s second downtown location, at 1900 Chestnut Street, is projected to open on October 5th.

The store is approximately 19,000 square feet. Per Target’s website, it will feature “apparel, home, health and beauty items, fresh groceries (with grab-and-go offerings), toys, sporting goods and tech.” There will also be an in-store Starbucks and CVS Pharmacy. The 1900 Chestnut location, which will be about 22,000 square feet, will have “apparel, home, tech and beauty items, and fresh groceries.” Read more »

First Center City Target Scheduled to Open on July 20th

Target - Washington Square West - under construction

The under-construction Target on the 1100 block of Chestnut Street in Center City Philadelphia. (Photo: Dan McQuade)

Target’s first Center City location has an opening date.

A spokesperson for the retail giant confirmed today to Philadelphia magazine that the Target at 1128 Chestnut Street is scheduled to open on July 20th. Target’s second downtown location, at 1900 Chestnut Street, is projected to open on October 5th.

The store is approximately 19,000 square feet. Per Target’s website, it will feature “apparel, home, health and beauty items, fresh groceries (with grab-and-go offerings), toys, sporting goods and tech.” There will also be an in-store Starbucks and CVS Pharmacy. The 1900 Chestnut location, which will be about 22,000 square feet, will have “apparel, home, tech and beauty items, and fresh groceries.” Read more »

10 Home Accessories to Buy From Target’s New Spring Collection

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Photos via Target.

If you’re anything like me, you’re bursting to upgrade your house for spring, to store the faux fur throws and heavy shag pillows for lighter offerings like, well, everything you’ll see in this post. The home decor and office accessories here are all part of Nate Berkus’s newest spring/summer collection for Target, and they’re all fantastic. Better yet, most of them ring in at under $50, so you can make small, spring-y swaps in your home without breaking the bank.

Ready to shop? Let’s do it. Here are 10 things you need to scoop up at Target right this moment. Read more »

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