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Clayton Co. Target to close due to poor performance

7:15 AM, Nov 18, 2013   |    comments
  • A Target store in Wilsonville, Ore. near Portland.(Photo: Rick Bowmer, AP)
  • A Target store in Wilsonville, Ore. near Portland.(Photo: Rick Bowmer, AP)
    
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MORROW, Ga. -- Clayton County will lose about 100 jobs Feb. 1, when the Target in Morrow closes after about 18 years in business, a city official told the Clayton News Daily.

The store is one of four locations the retailers plans to close nationwide due to poor performance.

City Manager Jeff Eady said the city received a letter from Target informing officials the company will close the store at 1940 Mt. Zion Road. The other stores that will close are in Florida, Arizona and California.

"They (the Morrow Target) have roughly 100 jobs, but not all of them are full-time," Eady said. "It's full-time and part-time jobs. A lot of part-time. Anytime a big box store closes, it's painful. It is a (surprise). Several years ago, they actually came to us about turning it into a Super Target and actually pushing the store out into the parking lot, which they can do."

Clayton County Economic Development Director Grant Wainscott said that county officials tried to get Target to stay, and are disappointed by the decision. He said the community is going through a period of retail shake-ups as some businesses leave and others come in.

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