TROTWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) – Months of fighting by city leaders and residents wasn’t enough.
At 10:00 p.m. Saturday, Target stores in Trotwood and Middletown will close for good.
A company spokesperson told 2 NEWS the decision to shut down the Targets was for the retailer’s long term financial performance.
Shiloh Springs Road and Roosevelt Parkway Targets are two of eight that will close nationwide.
In late March, Trotwood Mayor Joyce Sutton Cameron and City Manager Michael Lucking met with corporate officials in Minneapolis to plead their case.
But in a final decision, the major retailer went the opposite direction.
Customers told 2 NEWS they’re upset to see another major retailer hurt the local economy by removing it’s business from their communities.
“It’s gonna affect the community quite a bit because we’re going to have to go further out in other areas to shop and plus it takes away jobs for the people that were employed here,” expressed Trotwood shopper Prudence Coleman, who also noted there’s no where left for residents to shop nearby.
Despite the community’s doubts, the company told 2 NEWS Trotwood’s 90 team members are eligible to transfer to five other nearby local Targets.
Those branches include Huber Heights, Springfield, Beavercreek, Sugarcreek Township and Miami Township.
Additionally, while the building will remain vacant, Target will maintain the location and has plans to work with other retailers to develop the property.