Third in line among today's "Big Three" American discount marts, Target was the 1962 brainchild of Minneapolis' Dayton department store chain, a.k.a. the Dayton Corporation. The company became the Dayton-Hudson Corporation in June 1969 and Target Corporation in January 2000. Early stores in the Target discount division encompassed 100,000 to 120,000 square feet.

An aggressive expansion program enlarged a small, regional discount chain into a large national concern. The first extension of Target stores, into the Denver, Colorado market, took place in 1966. Texas, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Oklahoma joined the Target fold in 1969.

1970 and '71 brought stores in Wisconsin and Iowa. In 1981, locations opened in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. California and Arizona operations were added in 1983; Michigan and Nevada in 1987, Washington State and Oregon in 1988 and Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina in 1989.

Growth continued into the next decade, with the first stores in Maine coming inline in 2001; Hawaii and Alaska in 2009. Today, there are over one thousand nine hundred Target stores in the United States.


*COLUMBIA MALL, Grand Forks, ND (1978)
*CORAL RIDGE MALL, Fort Lauderdale, FL (1999)
*WESTFIELD TOPANGA, Los Angeles, CA (2006)