Some sort of strange retail transformation has taken place in New Jersey. Old closed Kmarts are coming back to life as new targets. It’s like a zombie movie but with great deals and a toy department.
The old Kmart at Somers Point has been taken over by a new target. The Kearny Kmart which closed last year should give birth to another target. And in Wall Township, the long-awaited Target store was also a Kmart.
This store opening has been in limbo for weeks as the company tries to put everything right. Now we know it’s final opening on Sunday, June 12.
This 91,000 square foot store is located at 1825 Route 35. It sat unused throughout the pandemic, closed since December 2019.
So it took a long time to come. And is there anything more night and day than what Kmart had become and what Target is? The Kmarts were outdated and dingy, run down. The targets are clean and well organized. Brighter. More cheerful.
And it even earned the silly nickname Targe from people who felt it added some sophistication to discount shopping.
Just as there were once so many Kmarts dotting the Jersey landscape, Target is now an ever-growing presence. There are 48 locations and my smart money is betting there will be more.
I have fond Target memories of the one on Route 1 North in northern Brunswick since I first returned to New Jersey with my kids, Jack and Mina, after my divorce. I was a single dad with custody and very little money at the time so a cheap treat stopped at this target to offer them a cheap lunch in their dining room along the front wall and then let them play on the Mario Bros Wii screen at the back of the store. Then walking through the toy aisle where I was never able to get my son out of the Lego section.
I’m sure Target’s opening this Sunday in Wall Township is going to be full after years of waiting.
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