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When Target first made the big announcement that they would be closing some Target stores and rebranding others to Kmart, I didn’t worry too much. My beloved local wasn’t in the initial list they released last year. BUT Target has now updated the list and I’m devastated (and shocked) to see that my beloved Target store is getting the chop.

Last year, we reported that Wesfarmers were looking at converting 92 large format Target stores and Target Country stores into Kmart branches, while around 75 Target stores are expected to shut its doors permanently.

The company said that this move is to “improve the commercial viability of the business and to support the thousands of people we employ.” The organisation aims “to make it smaller, more focused, less complex and more digitally enabled so we can better serve our customers both instore and online.”

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Some of the changes already took place last year, while the majority of the shake-up is going to be actioned over the next few months.

Target has recently updated its website with all the stores that will be affected by these changes and there have been some updates from last year.

There are a large number of Target stores that will be closing their doors forever. The full list is below:

TARGET STORES WHICH WILL BE CLOSING

VIC

Early-mid 2021

Bacchus Marsh, Bairnsdale, Benalla, Colac, Kerang, Langwarrin, Maryborough, Myrtleford, Traralgon, Warragul

NSW

Early 2021

Goonellabah, Murwillumbah

Early-mid 2021

Armidale, Casino Retail Centre, Cooma, Cootamundra, Corowa, Deniliquin, Forbes, Merimbula, Morisset, Narrabri, Nowra, Salamander Bay, Scone, Wagga Wagga, Winmalee

QLD

Early 2021

Atherton, Biloela, Castletown, Hervey Bay, Kippa Ring

Early-mid 2021

Beaudesert, Cairns, Clifton Beach, Emerald, Longreach, Murgon, Moranbah

WA

Early-mid 2021

Karratha, Kununurra, Manjimup, Margaret River, Merredin, Narrogin.

SA

Early 2021

Millicent, Port Lincoln

Early-mid 2021

Clare, Naracoorte

TAS

Early-mid 2021

Devonport

ACT

Early-mid 2021

Weston Creek

There are also a number of Target stores that will be converted into Kmarts. This is part of Wesfarmer’s bigger plans to “accelerate the growth of Kmart”, which also includes investing more heavily in its online platform.

TARGET STORES THAT WILL BE CONVERTED INTO KMART

NSW

Early 2021

Bondi Junction, Bowral, Gunnedah, Katoomba, Macquarie, Miranda, Moree, Mudgee, Ocean Shores Village Centre, Picton, Rhodes, Rouse Hill, Tumut, Ulladulla, Windsor Town, Yamba, Yass

Early-Mid 2021

Bega, Broken Hill

Mid 2021

Liverpool, Warringah Mall,

VIC

Early 2021

Craigieburn, Doncaster, Hamilton, Lakes Entrance, Leongatha, Mansfield, Portland, Swan Hill, Yarrawonga

Early-Mid 2021

Ararat, Epping, Watergardens

Late 2021

Caroline Springs

WA

Early 2021

Esperance, Northam, Pinjarra

Early-Mid 2021

Geraldton

Mid 2021

Perth CBD, Whitford City

SA

Early 2021

Berri, Murray Bridge, Port Augusta, Victor Harbor

QLD

Early 2021

Bowen, Charters Towers, Chinchilla, Dalby, Forrest Lake, Gatton, Goondiwindi, Gympie, Ingham, Mareeba, Noosa Junction, Port Douglas, Roma, Sarina, Stanthorpe, Warwick, Yeppoon.

Early-Mid 2021

Ayr, Beerwah

NT

Early 2021

Katherine

What Will Happen To Target Staff?

“Target team members impacted by store closures will be given priority consideration for new roles created in Kmart and Catch as these businesses continue to grow. In addition, Wesfarmers has established a cross-divisional working group to identify redeployment opportunities for affected team members, including in Bunnings and Officeworks. Where there are no Wesfarmers businesses in town, we’re also working with other employers to try and find opportunities for our team. Target team members who are unable to be redeployed will be provided with access to support services, along with all entitlements.”

So there’s going to be a lot of changes in the Target/Kmart space this year. But I better sign off and head for a Target shop before it closes down forever.

Are any of your local Target stores affected by these changes? Are you happy/sad/don’t care? Tell us in the comments below.

  • Kmart only sells cheap Chinese crap that breaks. The clothes sell like chemicals.

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  • My local target I never see anyone there it’s never busy what happened it used to be such a great shop to shop in. Kmart always busy always have to wait in line maybe it’s because all the product are like each other the difference is the huge price difference
    I hardly shop at target and kmart

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  • Kmart all the wayyyyy

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  • Looks as though my Target store has survived, but it’s hard to find goods in my store at the current time. So many areas are very sparse due to being unable to get things in from overseas as almost nothing is made locally these days.

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  • Our local Target which stood for over 50 years is turning into a Wo9olworths. Personally I would prefer a KMArt

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  • Our local store remains open. Worst comes to worst, you can still shop there online

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  • Our local store wasn’t on that list but shut this weekend. Hard for small communities when we lose these shops.

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  • Oh wow. My local store is converting to Kmart. I like it as Kmart prices are good than Target.

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  • No changes for us, but how sad that they’re closing in some areas.

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  • Our nearest “local Target” is 2 hours away and that will be converted into a Kmart store. The next one is 3 hours away and it looks like this will remain as they already have a Kmart store as well as a Target store. Hopefully all the staff are given the opportunity to stay on if they so wish.

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  • Theyre closing my local!

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  • But I prefer Target most of the time!!

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  • At least our 2 in Launceston are staying- that being said, perhaps they could have kept Devonport and closed one of the 2 Launceston stores?

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  • Fortunately, my local store is staying (at least for now), I love Target!

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  • l am happy that Target are going to find jobs for there staff l don’t have a Target near me so l have to travel at least 30 minutes to get to one

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