Residents voice dismay over plan to close West Dundee Target
By Erin Sauder For Sun-Times Media January 11, 2014 7:50PM
The Target store in West Dundee is slated for closing in May 2014. | Erin Sauder ~ For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 14, 2014 6:19AM
WEST DUNDEE — Local residents say they are disappointed that the West Dundee Target is one of eight stores nationwide that will close in May.
In a press statement, company officials said the closures come “after careful consideration of each location’s financial performance.”
West Dundee resident Jeanne Marchak said she shops at the Main Street (Route 72) store weekly.
“I’m disappointed, but I did always wonder about it because there weren’t a lot of people shopping there,” she said. “And then when the Target on Randall Road opened, I think people started going there.”
Marchak said she tries to avoid Randall Road shopping whenever she can due to the traffic.
“I like to give my business to local stores,” she said.
The West Dundee Target opened in 1994.
West Dundee Village President Chris Nelson said there had been rumors about the store’s closure for a few years, especially after the Super Target opened on Randall Road and another Target store opened on Route 59 in Hoffman Estates.
“It gave us cause for concern,” Nelson said. “We knew it was a low-volume store at the outset.”
West Dundee officials said they tried to reach out to Target on both local and national levels to engage discussion on a partnership to try and change the store’s format. However, Nelson said Target officials were “cool to the idea.”
“It’s hard to compete with the more modern facilities that have the housewares but also a strong grocery component with produce and fresh meat,” Nelson said. “This particular Target didn’t have that. It didn’t allow for that one-stop shopping people like to do when they’re thinking of going to Target. We wanted to incent (Target) to move forward with that.”
Annually, the store brings in about $300,000 in sales tax revenue. But Nelson said Target is not as strong of a retailer is it once was.
“In 2000, this would have been a different discussion,” he said. “And I think with the security breach they experienced over the holidays it greatly impacted their bottom line. It made cost-cutting measures more critical.”
Target officials are continuing their investigation into the data breach, of which information stolen includes names, mailing addresses, and phone numbers or email addresses for up to 70 million individuals, according to a store press release.
West Dundee resident Marissa Inks said she goes to the Main Street Target several times a week.
“I’m disappointed it’s going to leave another gaping hole over there,” she said.
In 2012, the Best Buy store located in the same shopping center as Target closed.
Inks said she will also miss the convenience of that location. “I live within walking distance,” she said.
Nelson said while the news is disappointing, village officials remain optimistic.
“I know for the last couple of years we’ve experienced some losses, but I believe there are going to be significant changes to Spring Hill Mall itself,” he said. “And we’ve received interest in the Target and Best Buy property.”
He also noted the broker the village recently hired to act on behalf of all the village properties.
“This is a painful loss, but for the long-term we’re optimistic about the Spring Hill corridor,” he said.
Other Target closings include locations in Nevada, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida and Ohio.
Target officials said eligible team members at these stores will be offered an opportunity to transfer to a similar position at a nearby Target location.