Portland aiming for Target in downtown

Portland aiming for Target in downtown

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by Randy Neves and KGW.com Staff

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Posted on September 22, 2010 at 8:58 PM

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Portland could be the latest bull's eye for retailer Target.

City officials said negotiations so far are very preliminary.

The mayor's office says target is interested -- in principal -- in exploring a new, smaller-scale store somewhat like the Galleria downtown.

Mayor Sam Adams has been known for his staunch opposition to the Wal-Mart chain's attempts to locate on the edge's of Portland, most recently last fall on Hayden Island.

"The mayor is against companies that have not demonstrated social responsibility and they cannot demonstrate the value they would bring to the neighborhood," Adams' spokesman Roy Kaufman said. "It's a very different statement than saying we're cart blanche against big box stores wherever they may be, it's a very different proposition to say a potential store like Target in the central city in the downtown core where our goal is to revitalize the district."

CIty Commissioner Randy Leonard supports the mayor's efforts to recruit Target.

He says the downtown retail core could benefit from all the shopping foot traffic a Target store would generate.

“We’re interested in coming, but we don’t have any specific details at this time," Target spokesperson Jen Glass said from the chain's headquarters in Minneapolis. "We’d love to bring a store to our customers there.”

Meanwhile, Adams is now in talks with Wal-Mart to expand one of its stores on 82nd Avenue.

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