Target Corporation

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    October 6, 2014

    Target Opens Its First Minnesota Liquor Store in Otsego

    Sometimes the toddler-sized, bedazzled, animal print bikinis in Target's kids' section make you want to cry and drink a bottle of whiskey, right? Right. Well, good news for Otsego residents who find themselves in this very situation: The first wine and spirits shop in a Minnesota Target store is now ... More >>

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    August 6, 2014

    Target finally comes out in support of gay marriage

    Two years ago, Target refused to take an official stance on Minnesota's marriage amendment. The perception was that then-CEO Gregg Steinhafel, who in 2010 created a stink by giving $150,000 of the company's dollars to fund a TV ad supporting Tom Emmer's anti-gay gubernatorial campaign, played a ... More >>

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    July 31, 2014

    Target names outsider Brian Cornell CEO, publishes very bland Q&A with him

    :::: UPDATE :::: The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal reports that while Target will pay Cornell "just" a $1.3 million base salary, the company has also agreed to pay him $19.3 million over the next four years to make up for income he would've made had he stayed at Pepsi. Target, in a manner ... More >>

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    July 3, 2014

    Both sides of open carry debate see Target announcement as victory

    Target interim CEO John Mulligan announced Tuesday that the Minneapolis-based retail giant will "respectfully request that guests not bring firearms" inside stores. Although weapons are "at odds with the family-friendly shopping," the company would continue to oblige by local laws that allow open ca ... More >>

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    June 16, 2014

    Minnesota Target to begin selling alcohol

    Target is already your one-stop shop when you need a tennis racket, a puppy purse, and string cheese -- now you can add booze to the cart. Starting July 1, a Minnesota Target store will have a license to sell alcohol. According to Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, the City Council of Otsego ap ... More >>

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    June 9, 2014

    Comment of the Day: Rifles in Target

    Our post about rifles being legally carriable in Minnesota Target stores has well over 300 comments and counting as of yesterday morning, many comparing the felt need to ostentatiously pack heat while browsing Mossimo racks to various forms of male enhancement.Today's Comment of the Day, however, co ... More >>

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    May 14, 2014

    Target exec says "truth hurts" in response to employee's scathing criticism

    Gawker's Hamilton Nolan has made a cottage industry out of publishing Target-bashing emails sent to him by unnamed Target Corp. employees in recent years, so it wasn't surprising to see him run another one yesterday in a post entitled, "Target Headquarters 'In Desperate Need of Help,' Says Employee. ... More >>

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    May 5, 2014

    Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel resigns following tumultuous, controversial six year tenure

    This morning, Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel resigned all his positions at the company, citing last winter's massive data breach, a debacle that was quickly followed by layoffs and an announcement of dramatically decreased profits during the most recent holiday season.Steinhafel, 59, attempted to place ... More >>

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    March 6, 2014

    Target relaxes corporate dress code, now allows jeans

    Target Corp. employees can now wear jeans -- to work!That's because at the start of this week the company instituted a new "Dress for Your Day" policy that gives corporate workers the option to dress more casually (when appropriate).

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    February 26, 2014

    Target's profits down 46 percent, but some experts think that's not as bad as it sounds

    The headlines suggest doom and gloom -- "Target Earnings Slammed by Data Breach," "Target warns data breach could hurt future profit," "Target Profits Declines on Data Breach Fallout," and so forth.RELATED: Target lays off 475 workers, won't fill 700 open positions But dig a little deeper, and thing ... More >>

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    January 17, 2014

    Target to test new TargetExpress concept in Dinkytown

    Here's some Target news that isn't bad, for a change.SEE ALSO: Target Breach: Top 10 tweetsThe company will open its first TargetExpress store this July in Dinkytown in a street-level retail space in the controversial Marshall apartment development, which will be the largest mixed-use structure in t ... More >>

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    January 14, 2014

    Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel apologizes for losing your credit card info

    The only obvious winner to come out of the Target data breach: newspapers. This week, Target is running full-page advertisements in major dailies across the country, apologizing for a massive theft of credit card information of an estimated 40 million shoppers. SEE ALSO: Massive Target data brea ... More >>

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    December 19, 2013

    Massive Target data breach affects in-store shoppers who used credit cards

    Target has confirmed a massive data breach jeopardizing the credit card information of about 40 million shoppers who made in-store purchases between Black Friday and December 15."We have determined that the information involved in this incident included customer name, credit or debit card number, an ... More >>

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    December 9, 2013

    City Pages blogger robbed in skyway

    Around 6:30 p.m. last night, I was standing in a deserted stretch of skyway above LaSalle Avenue between 9th Street South and 10th Street South talking on the phone with my dad when two male African-Americans who appeared to be roughly between the ages of 16 and 20 walked past me toward the downtown ... More >>

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    November 12, 2013

    Will Target match Walmart's great deal for Thanksgiving workers?

    Today, Walmart made its long-awaited announcement about its "Black Friday" hours. We put that in quotations because these days, major retailers are mostly opening on Thanksgiving itself, and Walmart is no exception -- both it and Best Buy are opening at 6 p.m. that day and staying open all night lon ... More >>

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    June 11, 2013

    Target contract janitors go on strike, picket in downtown Minneapolis [PHOTOS]

    Yesterday, janitors who clean Target stores announced a two-day strike motivated by what they regard as inadequate pay and benefits, especially in comparison with what janitors who clean Target's corporate headquarters receive.SEE ALSO: Black Friday strike at St. Paul Walmart: "If I lose my job it d ... More >>

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    May 22, 2013

    Target doesn't miss opportunity to talk about weather, blames disappointing sales on winter

    Target's first-quarter earning report is Best Buy-esque, but the company doesn't think you should attribute that to the ongoing decline of big-box retail. Rather, it's winter's fault!SEE ALSO: Target renames "Orina" sandal after learning word means urine in Spanish [IMAGE]In the official first-quart ... More >>

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    January 3, 2013

    Target's 2012 holiday sales disappoint, staying flat from 2011

    Target's 2012 holiday sales numbers came in below expectations, our local big-box giant announced this morning, staying "essentially flat" from last year.See Also: - Best Buy, Target both make "Top 10 Commercials of the Week" list [VIDEOS]- Target defends Thanksgiving opening: "There are more volunt ... More >>

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    January 2, 2013

    Target, Best Buy face boycott from gun rights group

    A few days before Christmas, The Journal News, A Gannett-owned newspaper covering Westchester and Rockland counties in suburban New York City, used public information to publish an interactive online map with the names and addresses of NYC-area handgun permit holders.SEE ALSO: Minnesota law already ... More >>

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    December 11, 2012

    Target advertises on #savemi hashtag

    As Michigan's House of Representatives debated and eventually passed two right-to-work bills reducing the power of organized labor today, people turned to Twitter for the latest analysis and developments.SEE ALSO:-- Target defends Thanksgiving opening: "There are more volunteers than shifts to fill" ... More >>

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    November 12, 2012

    Target's decision to open Thanksgiving evening sparks renewed "save Thanksgiving" petitions

    Last Thanksgiving, Target held off on opening its doors until the clock struck midnight and Black Friday began. Nonetheless, more than 200,000 people supported a petition asking Target to remain closed until later in the morning on Black Friday so workers could enjoy Thanksgiving with their families ... More >>

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    October 3, 2012

    How Target brainwashes its employees, part two: Training videos

    As we learned yesterday, Target's business plan to beat Amazon centers on "AMAZING" customer service, helpfully outlined in a cheesy, childish "Welcome to Amazing" training script. Today, you can dive even deeper into our hometown corporate giant's brainwashing methods: with video. In a series of tr ... More >>

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    October 2, 2012

    Target's cheesy employee training script (and Amazon fears) leaked to Gawker

    Right now our local big box chain looks like this: Its reds are vivid, its sky is blue. The only shadow in sight comes from its own logo. But Target's corporate higher-ups are worried, apparently, that the rise of online retailing -- specifically, Amazon -- could turn their empire into this:See also ... More >>

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    September 19, 2012

    Let It Be Records vs. Target: The blow-by-blow

    Last week, we reported that Let It Be Records' Ryan Cameron aired a justifiable grievance with Target. For some reason, a huge local company is holding on to a couple of letters that used to be part of the signage outside his shop for a private "art installation." Never mind that Target could likely ... More >>

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    September 13, 2012

    Let It Be Records' history isn't Target property, former owner says

    See Also:Let It Be Records Is ClosingThe triumphant return (almost) of Let It Be RecordsTarget won't stock gay R&B star Frank Ocean's Channel Orange, cites "guest demand"Target is stiff-arming Let it Be Records' former owner for the "It" from the store's old marquee. After 16 years in the locati ... More >>

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    August 24, 2012

    Target is actually cheaper than Wal-Mart, according to Bloomberg study

    SEE ALSO: -- Target allegedly union busting by closing Valley Stream store closed ahead of unionization vote-- Target will halt sale of sandblasted jeans for ethical reasons-- Target employees petition retailer to "save Thanksgiving"Think Wal-Mart is the low price leader? Think again. It doesn't get ... More >>

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    July 30, 2012

    Target's gay wedding registry ad doesn't signal changed stance on marriage amendment

    SEE ALSO:- Target tries to atone for anti-gay missteps with new pro-marriage equality promotion- Target won't stock gay R&B star Frank Ocean's Channel Orange, cites "guest demand"- Target's gay problem keeps getting worseTarget may be running an ad for its online wedding registry featuring two g ... More >>

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    July 12, 2012

    Target won't stock gay R&B star Frank Ocean's Channel Orange, cites "guest demand"

    See Also:Lady Gaga dumps Target over anti-gay donationsTarget coverage on BlotterFrank Ocean has just released arguably the hottest R&B album of the year in Channel Orange, but don't go looking for it at your local Target store. The Minnesota-based chain has unwisely decided not to stock the tit ... More >>

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    June 6, 2012

    Target allegedly union busting by closing Valley Stream store closed ahead of unionization vote

    There is one Target store in the country where employees will soon hold a unionization vote -- Valley Stream, New York.There is one Target store in the country closed for six months or more of remodeling -- Valley Stream, New York.Coincidence? Gawker's Hamilton Nolan thinks not.

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    June 1, 2012

    Target's new gay pride collection "a stupid move," says Minnesota for Marriage

    Last week, we told you about how Target Corp. is trying to atone for a series of anti-gay missteps with its new "Wear It With Pride" collection.Through the end of the month, all proceeds from the collection up to $120,000 will be donated to the pro-marriage equality Family Equality Council.Unsurpris ... More >>

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    May 23, 2012

    Target tries to atone for anti-gay missteps with new pro-marriage equality promotion

    In August 2010, news of Target's $150,000 donation to the anti-gay, pro-Tom Emmer Minnesota Forward organization created a shit-storm of bad PR. The company's handling of the controversy didn't help -- from CEO Gregg Stienhafel's non-apology apology, to reports that Target kept on giving to anti-gay ... More >>

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    February 22, 2012

    Minnesota Republicans float strange ideas about online sales tax collection

    ​Currently, very few Minnesotans pay sales taxes for online purchases. But Minnesotans do pay sales taxes for purchases they make at physical retail locations. Hence, physical retail locations face a more onerous tax burden than online retailers like Amazon.State lawmakers on both sides of the ais ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    Target coupons inform father of daughter's pregnancy

    ​A Minneapolis man discovered that his daughter was pregnant after Target started sending her coupons for baby clothes and cribs, according to an eye-opening New York Times story.The story chronicles how Target builds complex profiles of its customers, assigning each of them a "Guest ID" and study ... More >>

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    January 19, 2012

    Investment firms urge Target and 3M to refrain from "controversial" political donations

    mmtzjr69outTwo investment firms are urigng Target and 3M not to repeat the mistakes of 2010.​The donations Target and 3M made in 2010 to a Republican-run anti-gay group continue to land them in hot water a year and a half later. Yesterday, two large progressive investment firms -- Trillium Asset M ... More >>

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    January 17, 2012

    Ryan Langston, child model with Down Syndrome, profiled by NBC Nightly News

    ​Last night NBC Nightly News profiled Ryan Langston, the child model with Down Syndrome who recently appeared in a Target ad that won the local retailer plaudits for inclusion.We told you about Ryan Langston last week. He had appeared in a Target ad over the holidays, which was generating buzz onl ... More >>

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    January 13, 2012

    Target praised for using model with Down syndrome in ad

    ​Over the holidays, Target Corp. quietly did something small that is generating big praise.Without trying to draw attention to itself or the child, Target included a young boy with Down syndrome in one of its clothing advertisements. It might not seem like much at first, but the intentional, untru ... More >>

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    December 9, 2011

    The most gay-friendly Twin Cities employers

    The Human Rights Campaign assessed companies' GLBT-friendliness​The Human Rights Campaign Foundation has released a study measuring hundreds of companies' friendliness to gay employees. If their survey is any indication, Minnesota companies tend to do well by their GLBT employees. Thirteen Mi ... More >>

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    November 28, 2011

    Exhausted Target worker's Black Friday crash defies Star Tribune's bizarre "be happy you have a job" editorial

    ​An exhausted Target worker in Palm Beach, Florida, crashed her car into a canal at 7:46 a.m. after working the midnight shift on Black Friday.The accident is notable because it shows the potential danger for workers forced to work the midnight shift after Target decided to open its doors earlier ... More >>

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    November 18, 2011

    Northfield Target employee to deliver "Save Thanksgiving" petition to CEO Gregg Steinhafel

    Target: no sight for tired worker's eyes.​The rage has come home to roost. On Monday afternoon, Seth Coleman,  a seasonal Target employee in Northfield, will deliver a hard copy version of the "Save Thanksgiving" petition to the retailer's headquarters on Nicollet Mall. "My choice is stay ... More >>

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    November 16, 2011

    Target employees petition retailer to "save Thanksgiving"

    This is not the super Thanksgiving employees had in mind.​Target is facing a backlash from its own employees as the clock ticks down to the craziest shopping day of the year: Black Friday. In the escalating arms race to get as many crazed shoppers in the door as possible, Target announced it wou ... More >>

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    October 26, 2011 website crashed again yesterday

    As Bob Barker reminds us, get your dogs, cats, and websites neutuered. ​Target is ready for a recession. Hell, Target is ready for a zombie apocalypse. Just don't ask Target about being ready for the 21st century. Yesterday, crashed for the third time in the last 50 days, offering furth ... More >>

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    October 14, 2011

    Target online president leaves company after website crashes

    "Woof!" said the dog. "Find another job," said Gregg Steinhafel.​Target Corporation is hiring, but not just stockers and swipers for Black Friday: Now, they also need someone who knows how to keep from crashing.Yesterday, Target announced that online president Steve Eastman was leaving ... More >>

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    September 1, 2011

    Target had a good month in August, stock drops anyway

    Target, now with less "Super."​Target Corporation reported a 5 percent spike in retail sales in the month of August. No matter: Target stock is dropping today.Oh, no. This is it. George Soros bought all that Target stock, and now he's deliberately tanking the company, before he drags the rest of A ... More >>

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    August 17, 2011

    Target announces profits are up, fires union organizer

    SuperTarget, super profits, not-super employee relations.​Good news for Target shareholders: Profits are up, and so's the stock price! Bad news for Target employees: The woman who tried to organize a union for Target workers in New York has been fired. Tashawna Green, the 21-year-old single mother ... More >>

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    June 9, 2011

    Target now neutral on gay marriage

    Target's Steinhafel is a serious contortionist.​Target is still struggling to get the optics right on gay rights. To recap: It sponsors Twin Cities Pride in 2010, but then it backs an anti-gay marriage candidate for Minnesota governor. There's outrage, the dust settles, and now Target is back ... More >>

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    June 3, 2011

    Target fights union with ominous flyers

    Mr. T in DCTarget warns employees of the union menace​Employees at least one New-York-area Target store are trying to join a union, complaining of wages and hours that have forced some into depending on food stamps to feed their families. Target doesn't have any unionized stores, and the abse ... More >>

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    May 3, 2011

    Target sues Target and gets countersued by Target

    Mr. T in DCThere can be only one Target. In Canada.​Target is suing Target over who Target is, and Target is suing Target right back. In a legal act of recursive solipsism unparalleled since Kramer vs. Kramer, our hometown corporate behemoth is suing a Canadian company of the same name over w ... More >>

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    April 8, 2011

    Target's anti-gay-rights lawsuit rejected by judge

    j.reedSeriously, who's running public relations for these guys?​It's not that Target's executive leadership has a problem with the gays -- they just wish they wouldn't stand so close to them. Unfortunately for the retail giant, its lawsuit to get gay-rights activists to stop standing on the s ... More >>

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    March 25, 2011

    Target sues gay rights group

    Mr. T in DCTarget's gay-rights public-relations meltdown just keeps on going.​The Target Corporation just can't seem to make nice to gay folks. After months of terrible publicity over its funding of anti-gay-marriage political candidates, its subsequent sorry-if-you-took-that-the-wrong-way ap ... More >>

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    March 8, 2011

    Lady Gaga dumps Target over anti-gay donations

    ​Well, that didn't last long. Just a few short weeks after announcing an exclusive partnership with Target to release her much-anticipated new album, Born This Way, The Advocate is reporting that Gaga has changed her mind and will not move forward with the partnership.

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