A Note From Brian Cornell to Target Teams and Communities in the Twin Cities and Beyond
Updated: Jun 3
A Bullseye View | May 29, 2020
Target's CEO, Brian Cornell, released a statement regarding Target's response to the senseless killings of Black individuals leading to protests across the country. "We are a community in pain. The murder of George Floyd has unleashed the pent-up pain of years, as have the killings of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. We say their names and hold a too-long list of others in our hearts. As a Target team, we’ve huddled, we’ve consoled, we’ve witnessed horrific scenes similar to what’s playing out now and wept that not enough is changing. And as a team we’ve vowed to face pain with purpose."
Cornell continued to state Target's action in these times. Target's merchant and distribution teams are preparing truckloads of first aid equipment and medicine, bottled water, baby formula, diapers and other essentials, to help ensure that no one within the areas of heaviest damage and demonstration is cut off from needed supplies.
Target is also committed to providing pay and benefits for the coming weeks to the employees affected by the closure of stores, including the Lake Street Store in Minneapolis. Target continues to invest in the Seward, Longfellow, Phillips and Powderhorn communities, preserving jobs and economic opportunity by rebuilding and bringing back the store that has served as a community resource since 1976.
Prioritizing community and guests in this time, Cornell closes reflecting on their values. "Since we opened our doors, Target has operated with love and opportunity for all. And in that spirit, we commit to contributing to a city and community that will turn the pain we’re all experiencing into better days for everyone."