Target hires team to open small-format Wicker Park store


The new Target store on Division St. looking east

Target's opening of their Chicago area's 84th store at 1664 W. Division St., in Wicker Park is one step closer to their anticipated July 22 opening. They interviewed 300 job seekers over six days for a range of positions, including team leaders.

"With 70 team members hired, they will start work on Monday, May 21, and begin preparing for the store’s opening later this summer," says Target's Jacque DeBuse. 

“We are committed to growing our team while providing meaningful opportunities for team members to build and develop career skills,” said Breklyn Ballingham, store team leader, Target.                       

Having increased their minimum hourly wage to $11 in fall 2017, Target's plan is to increase it to $15 by end of 2020. Target also offers various education benefits, like tuition and GED reimbursement. 


Looking west along Division, the building on the right is the second phase of the complex's construction

The smallest of Target's ten small-format stores in the Chicago market, the 12,800-square-foot space is the anchor in the 60-unit Wicker Park Connection I, formerly Centrum's Connection, which opened in the fall of 2016. 

Target's original asks of 1st Ward Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno were for a packaged goods liquor license and a 60 ft loading zone from 6 to 12 a.m., seven days a week along Division St. 

Target and Moreno's office, in response to objections from other local businesses, have agreed to a limited loading zone times to Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Regarding the packaged goods liquor license,Target has agreed to not request or submit an application for two years, according to Raymond Valadez, Chief of Staff, 1st Ward. 

Product offerings in the new store are described as a "curated assortment." That is to include a beauty selection presented in a boutique-style setting, baby essentials, toys, basics for the family and a fill-in grocery selection such as fresh produce, grab-and-go items, snacks and meal solutions. In addition, online shoppers will also be able to pick up orders at the store.




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