Target will grow, but not to super size
A $6.2-million plan will increase space by 7.5 percent and add sidewalks and trees.
By ANNE LINDBERG
Published February 4, 2007
SEMINOLE - There's mixed news for fans of Target: The Seminole store at Park Street and Tyrone Boulevard is planning a $6.2-million expansion, but they will stop short of converting the store into a SuperTarget.
"They will have some food items," said Terry Dunn, a building inspector for the city of Seminole. "But it's not going to be a SuperTarget."
And are they going to have a Starbucks, as rumor suggests? "I believe they are," Dunn said.
The expansion is one of several projects in the works for that area, which was annexed into the city in 2000. Kohl's department store will soon open about two doors down, along with Ross and several smaller stores.
Target officials say they are expanding to bring the building, which was constructed in 1996, up to current store standards. Seminole city records provided these details about the expansion:
- Plans call for a 7.5 percent size increase, taking the store from 127,315 square feet to 136,859.
- The garden center will make way for more indoor retail space. A new garden center, about half the size of the existing 10,131-square-foot one, will be built outside of the new construction.
- Nine trees will be taken out but will be replaced with about 6,700 square feet of new landscaping that includes 43 new live oaks, 34 pines, 22 ligustrum, nine crepe myrtles, nine magnolias and 15 Washington palms.
The expansion will please people who walk along Tyrone Boulevard. As part of the deal, the city got Target and the county to create a sidewalk that will allow people to go directly from the Pinellas Trail to Target.
The city also wants Hops, the company that owns the building that houses the Shells restaurant, to grant an easement so the sidewalk on the Target side of the driveway will join the sidewalk on the Shells side of the driveway.
Target, fondly called "Tar-jzhay" by fans, is known as the Yuppie discount store. The first Target was founded in 1962 in Roseville, Minn. The chain now has about 1,500 stores in 47 states. Of those, 175 are SuperTarget stores with a grocery. The nearest SuperTarget to Seminole is at Clearwater Mall.
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