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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Valley Stream Target construction finished, doors open
Brian Croce/Herald
The remodeled Target now has a Starbucks coffee shop near the checkout counters, making many customers happy.

After being closed for more than six months during renovations, the Valley Stream Target store reopened its doors earlier this month with a few more amenities and a few more square feet to show its customers.

The store, which shut down on April 29, had a soft opening on Nov. 8 and its grand opening on Nov. 11. As customers entered the remodeled store for the first time they might have noticed some of the changes in its layout, as well as the products now being sold.

The biggest change, Michael Cannata, a regional human resource business partner for Target, said is the addition of fresh produce, meat and pre-packaged baked goods that the store now offers. Cannata estimated that the Valley Stream location’s food section offers about 90 percent of the items that a customer could find at a Super Target, which has a full grocery store component.

“It’s meant to be a destination for the guest for those fill-in purchases,” Cannata said of the new food section, “maybe trips in between the grocery store.”

The front of the store was moved out 60 feet and Cannata said the store added 14,000 square feet. With some of the extra space a Starbucks was added, which has been a big hit with customers.

Anaele Hernandez, a ninth-grader at Memorial Junior High School, likes the new amenities Target has to offer. “It’s great that they chose to put a Starbucks inside of the Target,” she said. “It gives my friends and I a good place to take a break after lots of shopping.”

Resident Valeria Weiland said she is happy to see the additions of the Starbucks and a grocery section. “I’m glad I can go there and do all my shopping in once,” she said.

The outside of the store was also completely redone with a new design and a reconfigured parking lot that now stretches further out. Valley Stream resident Christopher DeVoe said he liked the new Target, but the lot is tough to navigate. “The parking lot is a little worse,” he said. “It sort of disconnects it from the mall.”

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