Target plans to give its first 1,000 visitors after 8 a.m. that Sunday free reusable bags and hosts family activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The 822 Somerville Ave. small-format store – the nationwide retailer’s sixth and seventh in the Boston area, since a Burlington location opens the same time – takes up approximately 29,000 square feet in the 54,265-square-foot Porter Square Galleria, filling the most prominent three-quarters of the building facing the red line T stop and bringing a complete redo of the mall’s central atrium and concrete entry plaza.
The store is around 7,900 square feet bigger than the two-level Target that opened in Central Square in March 2017. Two-thirds of the new space had been empty for more than two and a half years, after a Walgreens opened there in August 2013 and closed July 30, 2015 – a short run after completely refurbishing the space, including adding an escalator to merge the formerly separate spaces used by Pier 1 Imports and Blockbuster Video. The remaining part of the new Target was left empty by a shuttered restaurant. A Potbelly’s sandwich shop closed in June below it, leaving a blank space as the retailer holds its grand opening.
Posted by Dee T.