Seeing red: Target to close down 3 Portland locations

The decision stems from safety and theft concerns and is part of a broader move to shutter stores in other major cities, including Seattle, San Francisco, Oakland, and New York City.

The outside of Target in downtown Portland.

Whatever replaces Target downtown will need to be a bullseye solution.

Photo by Steve Morgan

A major retailer in Portland has circled a date to close three of its stores in the city. On Saturday, Oct. 21, Target will shutter its locations in the Hollywood District, on Southeast Powell Boulevard, and downtown in the Galleria building, citing “theft and organized retail crime.”

The decision reflects a multi-state move, with stores also shutting down in Seattle, San Francisco, Oakland, and New York City. In a press release, the company stated that it “will be partnering closely with all eligible team members to offer them an opportunity to transfer to other Target locations.”

Rose City can only look forward, so we want to hear your ideas for replacements — what would you like to see move into the soon-to-be-open spaces?

A food hall or brewery? Perhaps some sort of art gallery? Let’s throw solutions at the wall and see what sticks.