Attention Target Shoppers
Bringing 250 jobs to the Huntington area, Target swung open the doors to its Jericho Turnpike location, at the site of the former Huntington Townhouse, during a soft opening on Tuesday.
The 150,000 square-foot location has an extensive selection of grocery, hygienic and household items as well as an in-house Starbucks coffee shop and a pharmacy.
According to Store Leader Alan Yamaji, the Huntington Station branch is the only Target in Suffolk County with its very own Optical Shop.
More than 400 people, including Target employees from other stores in the tri-state area, have been on-site at the Jericho Turnpike location to help local employees with the transition.
The 20-register store also features an expanded food section.
Aesthetic differences, such as wider aisles, white shelves and a “transcendent,” brightly-lit high-end beauty section is also unique to the Huntington Station store.
The surrounding community, including the South Huntington School District, has been extremely supportive during Target’s transition into the neighborhood.
“I had no idea what the community was about when we got here,” Yamaji, of Glen Cove, said. “Being a part of this community has been an amazing and exciting experience for us.”
Walt Whitman High School, Yamaji said, was used during Target’s job fair when the chain “mass hired” hundreds of employees.
South Huntington Superintendent David Bennardo said he was impressed by Target’s interest in forming a relationship with the surrounding school district as well as the community.
“They seem very interested in building a positive relationship, and one of our goals is building a partnership with business in the community, so really it’s a perfect marriage,” Bennardo said.
Samir Shah, senior vice president of Target’s eastern region stores, spoke of the department store giant’s enthusiasm about opening the Huntington Station store in a press release.
“We are committed to being a good neighbor and developing long-lasting relationships with guests and the Huntington community,” Shah said.
Target assumed ownership of the 124 E. Jericho Turnpike location after a Lowe’s store project fell through. Lowe’s developers knocked down the former Huntington Townhouse but decided to cancel plans to open in Huntington Station.
A new traffic light was installed outside of the traffic-heavy location to improve customer access and calm traffic in the area.
The official grand opening is slated for Sunday, Oct. 13.