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The Target company is now experimenting with 'small format' stores; one is open on Powell Blvd.

RITA A. LEONARD - Cleveland High Cheerleaders from just west on Powell assisted at Targets new store preview in late October.Just in time for the Holiday Season, the grand opening of Portland's first "small-format" Target Store took place late in October, preceded by a preview several days earlier. "Small format" refers to the store's size – 32,000 square feet – which, for a Target Store, is "small".

The new store, built in what used to be "AMF PRO 300 Bowling" offers products, we are told, tailored for local residents – including foods and beverages, grab-and-go items, family apparel and accessories, health and beauty products, electronic and tech products, and sports, home, and décor items. Services include a CVS Pharmacy, and Target Mobile and Order pick-ups.

Located at 3031 S.E. Powell Boulevard, just up the hill from Cleveland High School, the compact Target store offers sixty underground parking spaces that access the sales floor by elevator, plus twenty parking spaces in front. The store employs some seventy-five "team members" under the leadership of Anil Thundiyil, who performed the obligatory ribbon-cutting ceremony, assisted by Cleveland High Cheerleaders.

The new Powell Target opens on a red-tile entrance with five steps down and ADA access to the main floor. The mezzanine houses cosmetics, personal care items, cards and décor items, and the pharmacy. At the East end of the mezzanine there are three cashiers and five self-checkout stations. The main floor features groceries, household commodities, sports items, toys, clothing, office supplies, home hardware, and items for babies, and cats and dogs. Sales clerks in khaki pants and red shirts are deployed throughout the store. "We are open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.," Thundiyil told THE BEE. "After months of preparation, we welcome guests to explore our one-story showroom with the help of friendly Target staff. We're happy to answer any questions – in person, or you can call us at 503/821-8841."


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