Target Corporation is a powerful retail brand. It has a reputation for value for
money, convenience and a wide range of products all in one store. Target
Corporation is the third-largest general merchandise retailer in the United States.
It offers an assortment of general merchandise, including consumables and
commodities; electronics, entertainment, sporting goods, and toys; apparel and
accessories; and home furnishings and decor; as well as a line of food items.
The company operates its stores under Target and SuperTarget brands. It also
sells its merchandise online, as well as offers credit cards to its customers. In
addition, the company runs Target Clinics in select twin cities Target stores,
which offer various services, including flu shots; and treatment for common
illnesses, such as strep throat, bronchitis, and skin conditions.
Target's first store opened in Roseville, Minnesota, in 1962. Its on-trend
merchandise at affordable prices launched a new era in discount retailing. This
"T-1" stores were easy to shop, attractive and always clean. It served as the
prototype for every Target store opened since then, and it changed how
Today, Target operates approximately 1,500 stores in 47 states, including more
than 175 Super Target® stores that add an upscale grocery shopping
experience. In addition to the photo processing, pharmacy and Food Avenue®
restaurants found in almost every Target, Super Target includes an in-store
bakery, deli, and meat and produce sections.
The corporation consists of six operating divisions, three of which are the retail
stores Target, Marshall Field’s, and Mervyn’s. In addition, there is target direct
(direct marketing and electronic retailing division), Target Financial Services, and
Associated Merchandising Corp. Robert Ulrich, Chair and CEO, has led these six
divisions since 1994. Target Corporation evolved from two long-standing retail
chains, Dayton’s and Hudson’s.