Target aims for new downtown Portland store in 2013

Target aims for new downtown Portland store in 2013
An artist's design of what the new "CityTarget" store in downtown Portland might look like.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Retail chain Target has set its sights on downtown Portland and plans to open a store there next year that will employ about 200 people.

On Thursday, officials with the Minneapolis-based retailer met with Portland Mayor Sam Adams to announce their intention to open a "CityTarget" location in the historic Galleria building.

"Target was the only company of the anchors that we talked to that didn’t just express interest but showed action," Adams said Thursday.

CityTarget stores are smaller than Target's typical big-box locations and Adams said the company was planning to preserve the historic building, located on S.W. 10th Avenue and Morrison Street.

“Target looks forward to bringing the CityTarget shopping experience to our urban guests in Portland,” Bill Frerichs, group director of stores for Target said in a press release. “We are committed to providing high-quality merchandise at a great value and continuing our reputation as a good neighbor in the local community.”

The building occupies an entire city block and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Target officials said the store will be an 89,000-square foot business occupying several floors. It will be the 12th Target store in the Portland area.

The store will include a Starbucks and a pharmacy.

Officials said the store would employ about 200 people and a job fair will likely take place next winter, about two months before the store opens. Job seekers can also apply online up to three months before the store opens.