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It’s no secret that Target has taken a hit to its bottom line during the COVID-19 downturn. The retailer has had no choice but to close Target stores in three states across Australia.

Target has confirmed that it will permanently shut three branches within weeks.

The Target store in Pasadena in South Australia is the first casualty and will shut its doors on 30 May, as reported in news.com.au.

The next branch to close will be Campbelltown in Sydney’s southwest on 4 July.

This will be followed by the closure of the Meadow Springs store in Mandurah, WA on 1 August.

Below Expectations

Last week, parent company Wesfarmers announced that Target had recorded a hit on sales and that the retailer was performing ‘below expectations’.

“In-store sales momentum has declined significantly in Target, reflecting the broader decline in customer footfall in shopping centres and ongoing weakness in discretionary categories, particularly apparel,” said Wesfarmers Managing director Rob Scott.

However, a Target spokesperson said that the most recent store closures have been on the cards for a while and were not related to the current pandemic.

In the months from July to December last year, four Target stores closed. There are currently 285 Target outlets in Australia.

Are you surprised that Target stores are closing? Tell us in the comments below.

  • I’m not surprised, they have lost their way. Too expensive for what is practically the same as Kmart

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  • So many businesses are being hit hard. Hopefully or local country store survives.

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  • I live rural and we lost our Target store almost a year ago with another rural Target in another town 45 minutes away that had closed about a year or so prior to that. It’s no surprise when many people shop online these days especially rural people, it beats a three hour round trip to our nearest big town and longer for others. I do miss their click and collect though as I could shop Target online for a full range of items that our country Target store didn’t stock.

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  • So sorry to hear of these stores closing. It’s a troublesome time right now and who knows when things will get better again.

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  • I am very surprised tbh. Thank goodness my local one isn’t closing as I always buy kids stuff from target.

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  • Sadly an early indication of what is yet to come for many retailers.
    Very worried for those who have lost their jobs

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  • Sad that stores are closing down, but at least they’re all in cities which will have other stores. It would be really devastating for small towns which only have the one target store and the “next nearest” is hundreds of kilometres away. This would be the case for my town in Western Australia, our next “nearest” would be at least 300km away – as well as in a different region, meaning at the moment we can’t even get there because of the regional border closures. My in-laws would be the same, their small town has aTarget Country and their next “nearest” would be in Perth – 200km away.

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  • I actually think Target apparel looks quite nice. Though the quality doesn’t seem proportional to the price compared to Kmart apparel.

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  • Thank goodness it’s not Tassie – in Launceston we only have Target and Kmart as it is and I much prfer the quality of Target.

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  • I know the one in WA, even if it’s not the one I generally use. That’s a pity for sure. I love Target!

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  • The quality of Target clothes has been bad for ages. They’re so thin you could spit peas through it. Just not like it used to be. Disappointed.

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  • I’m sad. So many of my fave stores are closing… and I do shop in them so I’m not the reason why!!! You can’t complain if you don’t give them your custom.


    • I have found the stores to be empty when I shopped in them prior to restrictions.

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  • Can’t beleive this is happening.

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  • I expect there will be a lot of other stores and retailers in this position.

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  • Oh no! It’s the beginning!

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