By ALLIE KLAUBERT
Construction has begun on the new Target in Colonial Brookwood Village. The store is scheduled to open in March 2013.
“We are excited,” said Mayor Scott McBrayer. “I believe that Homewood will be an excellent fit for Target.”
The new store, located in the southwestern end of the development, will be two levels and 135,000 square feet. It will carry brands and essentials that customers expect from Target, but it will also feature an expanded fresh food section.
“The nice thing about the expanded fresh food layout is that guests can find an extended selection of fresh fruit, meat and perishables in addition to the typical offerings,” said Meghan Mike, associate specialist for Target.
Homewood mother, Sarah Paulk, is excited to have Target closer to home. “I love the quality and variety of items that Target carries, in addition to the clean and comfortable atmosphere,” she said.
“It will be a convenience for the residents of Homewood,” said City Councilman Hunter Payne. “Instead of leaving Homewood to shop in another city, they can now stay here.”
Target is known for its involvement in its stores’ communities. The Homewood location will start a local grant program, contribute to the United Way and donate food regularly.
“Target works closely with local officials and guests to create stores that complement and support a community’s needs,” said Mike.
The Homewood location will also support local schools through the Take Charge of Education Program. Through the program, Target donates 1 percent of purchases made with a Target REDcard to a local school of the customer’s choice.
“We are committed to being a good neighbor and developing long-lasting relationships with guests and the Homewood community,” said Sid Keswani, Target’s senior vice president of stores in the South region.