In a move sure to make many college students raise a glass in celebration, Target recently announced that the company is planning on opening up a whole bunch of small-format stores near college campuses in the near future. What is a small-format Target, you ask? They’re basically mini-Targets that are custom designed to serve the neighborhoods in which they exist — and for college students in particular, they can be a huge, huge plus. Seven small-format Targets have opened on or near college campuses already in 2018; what’s more, several more are set to arrive before the year’s end. There are also even more planned for the future, too (that's a rendering of one planned for the University District in Seattle in the image up top). What a time to be alive, am I right?
Target has been toying around with various small-format models for a few years, refining the experience as they go. So, with their focus now primarily on college students and urban dwellers, it’s not exactly surprising to find that they’re planning on opening a whole bunch of small-format Targets on or around college campuses in upcoming years.
You obviously won’t find the full assortment of items you’ll find at a full-sized Target at the small-format stores; instead, think of them as holding a selection of “greatest hits” — the items that people who live in the specific neighborhoods in which the stores are located are likely to need, which they can simply run in, grab, purchase quickly, and go. But they’re certainly becoming the norm, so here’s a look at what you can expect from a small-format Target: