Tar­get may be in fir­ing line

Great Southern Herald - - News - Shan­non Smith

Wes­farm­ers says it will no­tify Al­bany whether its Tar­get store will be one of its 18 re­gional WA stores to close in the wake of its plan to close its store in Katan­ning later this year.

The com­pany an­nounced last week it would shut its strug­gling Tar­get stores over the next five years. Tar­get Al­bany is one of 18 re­gional stores in WA and Wes­farm­ers would not com­ment on whether the city’s store was at risk of clo­sure.

A Tar­get spokesman said in­di­vid­ual stores would be no­ti­fied if they were part of the 20 per cent over­all re­duc­tion plan.

“It is busi­ness as usual for Tar­get, and all stake­hold­ers will be com­mu­ni­cated with well in ad­vance of any planned change to Tar­get’s store net­work,” the spokesman said.

“We look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing our re­la­tion­ship with the com­mu­ni­ties where we op­er­ate.

“As al­ways, and with great re­spect, our team mem­bers will be com­mu­ni­cated with first if there are any planned changes to our stores.”

The risk of clos­ing the Al­bany store comes af­ter the Great South­ern’s only other Tar­get store, in Katan­ning, an­nounced it would close in Oc­to­ber af­ter more than 20 years of oper­a­tion.

The lease on the Katan­ning store ex­pires on Oc­to­ber 13 and will not be re­newed.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Al­bany’s Tar­get could be one of 18 re­gional WA stores to close over the next five years.

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