Target has confirmed it is exiting its St Marys location at the end of the year, leaving the Penrith Local Government Area without a presence from the famous retailer.
Target closed its Penrith Westfield store earlier this year with construction now underway on a new Coles supermarket, which along with a new entertainment precinct will take over its large presence in the shopping centre.
Now, it will exit St Marys Village less than a year later.
“Unfortunately, Target has been issued with a notice to vacate the Target St Marys store in December 2022 by the landlords at St Marys Shopping Centre,” a Target spokesperson confirmed to the Weekender.
“Target has enjoyed being part of the St Marys community for a long time and is in discussions with the landlord to convert the space into a Kmart store with their approval.
“We have really enjoyed being part of the St Marys community for many years and we acknowledge that this news has a significant impact on many people, including our Target team members, our customers, and local towns.”
The nearest Target store will be in Mount Druitt.
Staff are being liased with about their futures, while customers face a longer trip to access their favourite items, or can go online.
“We are committed to supporting everyone as best we can. Target will offer as many re-deployment opportunities as possible for our St Marys team members and customers will be able to continue shopping with us online at www.target.com.au,” the spokesperson said.
“Target has a broader range of products available online, which can be delivered to any location or address across the country. We are focussed on improving the digital experience for our customers and are working hard to retain, as best we can, the convenience our customers have access to in store by providing a range of pick-up and delivery options when customers shop with us online.”
Troy Dodds is the Weekender’s Managing Editor and Senior Writer. He has more than 20 years experience as a journalist, working with some of Australia’s leading media organisations.