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Target opens in North Park despite dividing opinions

Posted at 11:24 PM, Mar 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-13 09:46:38-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A controversial Target store opened its doors Tuesday night in North Park, on University Avenue at the corner of Ray Street.

Not everyone was on board when plans for the two-story Target were announced. North Park residents worried about the impact the retailer would have on local businesses and on parking in an already crowded neighborhood.

There was also frustration when Target painted over a popular mural that had been on the side of the building for years.

San Diego State University professor Dana Kuhn said economically, Target could have a positive impact on the community by creating jobs and boosting businesses nearby.

Kuhn said people spending money at Target would inevitably mean they spend money in surrounding businesses. Kuhn also explained that Target will provided goods and services the community needs and that the money spent will stay in North Park.

Target says the new store created 60 jobs and many of the employees do live nearby.

Target is officially open as of Tuesday night but a grand opening for the community is scheduled for Sunday, March 17.