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“At this point, it’s premature to discuss any
specifi cs or speculate on a timeframe,” says Target
spokesperson Anna Anderson. “A number of factors
go into relocation, and we’re looking at what will best
serve the community. Right now, we’re working with
the City and the community to determine what the
best options are.”
Chandler City Councilman Matt Orlando confi rms
that a move is being evaluated, but nothing has been
decided yet. STSN photo
“The council was approached recently about
POSSIBLE TARGET STORE: The northeast corner of Queen Creek
putting a new Target at Ocotillo and Arizona,” Orlando
and Ocotillo roads is a possible location for a new Target
Superstore.
reports. “Everything is still in the planning stage, but
we hope to move forward on this fairly quickly.”
Orlando says one reason for the relocation is the
someone to fi ll that space,” says Mackay. “The city is
The bigger picture
Target at Ocotillo Plaza is underutilized compared to
not a developer – and shouldn’t be – but we are here
A new vacancy at Ocotillo Plaza, as well as two
other Target stores in the area. A no-compete clause
to help private investors interested in doing business
closed Bashas’ stores and the recently vacated MCI
with Bashas’ limits the retailer from expanding its
in Chandler.”
building present new challenges and an opportunity
grocery offerings in that shopping center, forcing
Target Corporation owns the property at Ocotillo
for change, says Orlando. He is seeking suggestions on
Target to consider other possibilities.
Plaza and will control its sale or lease.
how to repurpose 20 former retail and light industrial
“The restriction inhibits their business model for
A competing big box store – such as Wal-Mart – will
properties into something more commercially
expansion,” Orlando explains. “My goal is to help staff
most likely not be a candidate to replace the relocated
appealing.
work with the Economic Development Commission to
Target.
“There are lots of other options to look at –
do what’s best for Chandler citizens.”
Because the no-compete clause with Bashas’
townhomes, offi ce space or mixed use, for example,”
prohibits any store that sells produce or prepared
says Orlando. “We want to be aggressive and lead the
Community input, impact
packaged foods, city planners and the plaza owner will
way on creative solutions for Chandler.”
As plans are developed, Chandler offi cials seek
have to be creative in fi nding a new tenant.
As for Target’s potential relocation, Orlando says he
community input on Target’s relocation proposal.
“We’re trying to think way outside the box,” says
is confi dent a positive outcome will be reached.
“We’re hoping to schedule some neighborhood
Mackay. “The plaza needs a destination tenant that
“I’m looking forward to working with Target as well
meetings in August,” says Chandler’s Economic
will draw people to the shopping center, and the Infi ll
as city staff and citizens to fi nd a good solution.”
Development Director Christine Mackay. She notes a
Incentive Program allows us to determine alternative
signifi cant factor in the discussion will be what to do
uses to make centers more attractive. Possibilities for
Miriam Van Scott of Kerby Estates is a freelance writer and
with the space at Ocotillo Plaza should Target vacate
that site include furniture or home décor stores, or
Chandler transplant from the Washington, D.C. area. She can be
reached at Miriam@SanTanSun.com.
its current site.
perhaps a recreation or entertainment complex. We’ll
“We absolutely will be assisting Target in fi nding
take a look at all the options.”
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