FARGO - The West Acres area Target store is getting a $7.3 million expansion and renovation.

The work includes building additions on three sides of the store at 4202 13th Ave. S., according to permit information on file with the city inspections department.

The west side addition will be used for stock, offices, and a break room, while an addition on the north side will be used as a liquor store.

The east side addition will include a new entry and a canopy for the store’s pick-up area.

Other work will include remodeling the coffee shop, adding a snack bar, updating the restrooms and refreshing the finishes throughout the store. Initial permitting information did not include how much square footage would be added to the existing store footprint.

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A Forum request for more information from Target garnered little extra information.

“Target has increased our investment to enhance the guest experience with the next generation of store design, which includes updates to our stores that make shopping in store and online safer, easier and more inspiring for our guests. Those plans include the Fargo store,” a Target spokeswoman said in an email. “As work at the store has not yet started, I don’t have any additional details to share at this time. There are many considerations and factors that influence a project’s timing, scope and specific details during the planning process, so we can provide more information once construction is underway.”

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The city auditor’s office said that in 2020 the City Commission approved a Class B-Limited off-sale liquor license for STL of North Dakota Inc., which will be doing business as Target Wine & Spirits.

The expansion was delayed a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the latest permit issued March 9, 2021, a city inspections office employee confirmed on Thursday, March 18. Minneapolis-based Ryan Companies is listed as the contractor in charge of the project.

The last major work on the Fargo Target was $3.2 million in remodeling in 2019. That included the addition of a second entrance and updating throughout the store.

According to Target's website, a typical target store averages 130,000 square feet, but the company has also been opening "small format" stores of 40,000 square feet, with some of them as small as 12,000 square feet to serve urban and densely populated suburban areas, as well as near college campuses where a traditional Target store would not fit.

In early March of this year, Target announced that it planned to invest about $4 billion a year in expanding and improving its base over the next few years, including accelerating new store openings and store remodels, enhancing its fulfillment services (drive up and order pickup, online and app sales, etc.) and strengthening its supply chain.

The announcement follows years of sales growth and record 2020 financial performance.

Target opened 30 stores in 2020, with 29 of them being small-format stores. The company said it plans to accelerate openings, with a target of 30 to 40 stores added annually.

Target also expects to accelerate its store remodeling program this year, completing about 150 remodels this year before the holiday season. Plans call for more than 200 stores a year to be remodeled annually, starting in 2022. The future store design will focus on safety and ease, with additional contactless features, updates that facilitate same-day fulfillment and more room for social distancing.

In 2020, Target saw its sales grow more than $15 billion, which was greater than the corporation's total sales growth over the 11 years prior, the company reported in a March 2 news release.

Comparable sales grew 19.3%, which includes 7.2% growth in store comparable sales and 145% in digital comparable sales.

In addition, Target’s digital sales grew by nearly $10 billion in 2020, driven by 235% growth in the company’s same-day services.

Minneapolis-based Target Corp. has about 1,900 stores and the Target.com website.