Target is a big discount retail store that is becoming just as well known for it’s bargains as Walmart is. George Dayton founded this company after buying it from R.S Goodfellow. It started with the name “Goodfellows Dept Store and in 1903, the store changed its name to the Dayton Dry Goods Company, and it changed its name again to the Dayton Company in 1911.
So how did it start to be known as we know it today with the big red dot and red circle logo that is very well recognized in the US today? Target opened four discount stores in Minneapolis in 1965.
This is a funny bit of trivia. The name “Target” originated from Dayton’s publicity director, Stewart K. Widdess, and was intended to prevent consumers from associating the new discount store chain with the department store. We can see which one became more popular!
Target now has 1,685 stores (as of October 2008). It has units in all states except for Vermont, operating under the mastheads of Target, Target Greatland, and SuperTarget.
Target careers- Each general-merchandise store employs roughly 150 to 250 team members and is about 128,000 square feet in size. Stores carry hardlines (“regular” products and goods), softlines (clothing), and a limited amount of groceries, non-perishable and frozen. Many stores may also have Target Optical, a portrait studio, and a garden center and most all new locations build after 2004 include Target Photo, Target Pharmacy, Starbucks Coffee, and a Pizza Hut Express standard in addition to “Food Avenue.”
Jobs will include benefits and job positions at Target range from cashiering, stocking inventory, management, supervisor, customer service, to pharmacists and opticians, etc..
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