I popped into Target at 53rd and Keystone again tonight. This time it was to quickly pick up some red ribbon to tie a bow on my boyfriend"s birthday gift. Three nights before it was to quickly pick up a 30-pound tub of scoopable cat litter and an 18-pound bag of Purina Cat Chow for my four cats. This Target is my Target and I have often felt like its convenient location and non-superstore ways were a little luxury. And a thing of the past, too, as this particular store will be closing Jan. 31, 2003. Soon, if I want to go to Target, I will have to leave my neighborhood and drudge through high traffic corridors to get to one, maybe even a friendless and vast superstore one. So, in all honest likelihood, I probably won"t and Target can"t make me.

I have always felt safe at my Target. It doesn"t hurt to sit right smack next to a church with a healthy-sized congregation and gospel rhythms pouring over into the Target parking lot on Sundays. It"s easy to get a good parking spot at my Target and the check-out lines are never long. The store is very clean, orderly and the non-superstore square footage is easy to maneuver. The customer service is outstanding at my Target. The longtime employees are very well-qualified, polite and always helpful. Some say Target will reopen by Glendale Mall. Some say the old Target will be turned into a new super-duperfied Target, which would be just fine. Some say the much-needed anchor store for the area is gone daddy gone for good. If you"ll miss the convenience or want to voice your concern about how this loss may effect the culture of the area, call 1 (800) 303-0308 and press 3 to speak to a human being and tell them.

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