To Our Lake Street Minneapolis Community: We're Listening, Learning and Re-Opening
A Bullseye View | September 17,2020
Target plans to reopen Lake Street location mid-November. Selected sections of a note from Cephas Williams Jr., responsible for Target stores in the Minneapolis area -
"I joined Target because I wanted to grow my career at a company that was heavily invested in the community. When George Floyd was murdered nearby the Lake Street Target store, I felt the same anger, despair and exhaustion that I know many of our Black team members and guests across the country also felt. As demonstrations for racial justice followed, I’ll admit I struggled to ground myself in Target’s purpose, especially as a Black man who knows the challenges people of color face in this country every day. How do you bring joy to all families in a community that has not only long struggled with economic and racial disparities, but now has been torn apart? In the midst of more injustice, pain and suffering, how do you inspire and bring hope?
So we’re listening to the voices of the community and applying what we’re learning, and will continue to do so. When we reopen our doors, the Lake Street store will be a place where our guests can discover the joy of everyday life—a place that’s welcoming and hopeful. We’ve expanded our food and beverage section in response to community feedback, built an additional entry next to the light rail to accommodate commuters and added touches inside and outside the store—like landscaping—to create a warm and inspiring place for guests.
We’ll keep listening to you to make sure we get there."