Target coming to Jackson, into old Kmart space

JACKSON, Wyo. — Jackson has been ‘Targeted’ by a retail giant soon to take over a space abandoned by Kmart.

A spokesperson from Target confirmed the third store to be opened in the state of Wyoming (Casper and Cheyenne both have one) will be in Jackson Hole in a plaza once named for Kmart, the floundering retailer that closed its Jackson store late last year. For years, Jackson shoppers have had to make the drive to Idaho Falls to get to the closest Target.

“We’re excited to bring an easy, safe, and convenient shopping experience to new guests in the Jackson Hole community with this new Target store. Located at 510 US89, the store will be approximately 70,000 square feet,” said corporate spokesperson Aryn Ridge. “As we get closer to opening the store, we’ll have more specific details to share including how the shopping experience will be tailored to serve local guests and the grand opening date.”

Target is expected to sign a longterm lease for the 70,000-sf space, owned by Maury Abrams LLC, a California-based real estate management company. The company hopes to have the store opened in 2022.

Since 2012, Target has been experimenting with what it calls small-format stores. These typically average 40,000 square feet, or about a third of the size of a full-size 130,000-sf store. The company opens about 30 of these small-format stores each year for the past three years.

Grand openings are a big deal for the Minneapolis-based retail giant. Target hopes to have its Jackson opening in 2022. Photo: Courtesy Target

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