Target Store Open for Business

By: Lindsay Puccio
By: Lindsay Puccio

July 20, 2005

The Target Store in the Hollymead Town Center is officially open Sunday, July 24, but officials opened the doors early to make sure everything will be perfect for the grand opening.

"We walked in the door and said wow," Amy Keithley, a Target Shopper said.

For Target shoppers, it's love at first site. The Target Store at the Hollymead Town Center is finally here and some shoppers couldn't believe the size.

"It's huge, huge," said Keithley. "It's big and it's spacious and it looks like they have everything," said Anne Luniewski.

Maybe not everything, but they do have a Pizza Hut and a Starbucks Coffee inside the store. However, most people just wanted to shop, shop, shop and they did.

Customers of all ages scooped up everything from CDs to clothes while giving their credit cards a workout. Although the store is technically not open yet, officials opened the doors early to make sure everything will be perfect for the grand opening on Sunday, July 24.

"It's our quiet opening and we are trying to get acclimated with our guests and customers," said Anita Kalota, a Target Executive Team Leader.

But, the store was anything but quiet as anyone could tell from the packed parking lot.

"The parking lot needs a shuttle," said Keithley. The parking and the store took months to build but employees are just overjoyed that it's finally finished.

"We've been waiting a long time to get in here and the guest have been waiting for us to come as well so we're very excited," said Kalota.

One shopper is ecstatic that she doesn't have to drive over an hour to get to a Target store anymore.

"I love it. It's my favorite store and now I don't have to drive to Northern Virginia," said Page Herndon.

Officials add that this is only the beginning. "With all the construction that's going on within the next six years it's going to be huge, with Harris Teeter opening and Friday's coming soon," said Kalota.

The neighboring Harris Teeter will have it's grand opening in August.

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