As the future of Target is being called into question following the announcement the network will close a dozen stores, key community members remain confident about the future of the retail giant in Griffith.
Griffith Central Plaza Manager Cheryl Wood said Griffith’s store turns a good trade and has no plans on going anywhere.
“Target in Griffith is not closing, it's not rebranding. We're constantly in touch with the company,” she said.
“If they were planning on making any changes, it would be something that's well discussed with the landlord.”
Current stores across the Riverina include Griffith, Wagga and a Target Country in Leeton.
A Target spokeswoman said any changes to the store’s network would be communicated “well in advance” and that everything was business as usual.
“It is business as usual for Target, and all stakeholders will be communicated with well in advance of any planned change to Target’s store network,” she said.
“We look forward to continuing our relationship with the communities where we operate and remain committed to providing our customers fashion that excites and quality that endures.”
She said the stores team members are always the first to be briefed on any changes.
“As always, and with great respect, our team members will be communicated with first if there are any planned changes to our stores.”
News of the national downsize comes months after the MIA’s only Big W store announced it would be closing its doors after 40 years of operation in Griffith.
Wesfarmers' CEO of department stores, Guy Russo said Target was looking to shed around a dozen stores nationally over the next five years by closing or downsizing under-performing stores when their leases expire.
In recent years, Target has failed to match the national commercial success of sister-store Kmart, which is due to open up its first MIA-based store later this year.