FARGO — Much of the remodeling and expansion of the West Acres area Target store is complete.

The store now has a liquor store on the north side, newly configured drive-up and order pickup areas on the east side, and stock and office spaces on the west side of the store at 4202 13th Ave. S.

Work on the $7.3 million expansion was substantially completed in the last two weeks, which included the opening of the liquor store, a store employee confirmed.

The Fargo Target now has a wine and spirits shop, pictured Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. The liquor store was recently opened as part of $7.3 million in construction and remodeling at the store. Helmut Schmidt / The Forum
The Fargo Target now has a wine and spirits shop, pictured Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. The liquor store was recently opened as part of $7.3 million in construction and remodeling at the store. Helmut Schmidt / The ForumHelmut Schmidt / The Forum

Target did not comment on any specific store changes.

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A spokeswoman declined The Forum’s latest request to interview managers or personnel familiar with the project, or to allow a photographer in the store, saying, ”our team is focusing on creating a great shopping experience” for customers.

Landscapers were still working on the west side of the store on Tuesday, Sept. 28, and some construction equipment and storage containers took up a corner of the northside parking lot.

One of the costs of the expansion was the loss of parking on the west side of the store.

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That parking area had been well used, as it allowed shoppers to avoid the congestion of the main parking lot, particularly where customers and vehicles crossed in front of the store’s main west side entrance. Still, there remains plenty of parking in the expansive north parking lot.

The store’s latest expansion project, started earlier this year, had been delayed a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Previous significant work on the Fargo Target was $3.2 million in remodeling done in 2019. That included the addition of the east-side entrance and updating throughout the store.

Earlier 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 Minneapolis-based company has more than 1,900 stores and the target.com website. It had 409,000 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees as of Jan. 30 of this year.

According to the 2020 annual report, the company posted total sales of $92.4 billion.

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.

“Order Pickup, Drive Up and Shipment, grew 235% in 2020, led by more than 600% growth in Drive Up - as our guests developed new routines and connections to Target that will endure long after the pandemic,” President and CEO Brian Cornell wrote in a letter to shareholders in the annual report.

The company is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TGT.