First Center City Target Scheduled to Open on July 20th

The first Target in downtown Philadelphia should open in less than two months. The second is projected to open in early October.

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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.”

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The rear entrance to the Target on the 1100 block of Sansom Street. (Photo: Dan McQuade)

Target is also planning a location at 20th and Callowhill, in the current Whole Foods. The supermarket is moving to Rodin Square when that is completed.

The two Center City stores are part of Target’s new “flexible format” stores — smaller than usual stand-alone stores. The company had originally called them CityTarget and TargetExpress before settling on the same branding. The stores will have more items for immediate use — such as grab-and-go food at the Washington Square West/Market East location — than a traditional Target.

Brickstone Co. broke ground on the redevelopment of the 1100 block of Chestnut Street in 2014. The street previously featured a mishmash of electronics and cell phone shops, a Samsun sneaker store and the House of Beauty (now on the 1200 block of Chestnut). Brickstone’s redevelopment, which reveloped the Oppenheim building at the corner of 12th and Chestnut but demolished Louis Kahn’s Coward shoe store, features about 80,000 square feet of retail with 95 luxury apartments above.

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