Target must have not learned much from the Minneapolis riots. Rather than being sensible Target has gone completely WOKE! The looters that completely destroyed the South Minneapolis Target store ‘…is reopening, Bloomberg reported — but with a focus on serving the needs of black customers.
What are the details?
The interior of the store was overhauled, the outlet said, with the pharmacy moved to the front of the store so elderly customers can easily get their prescriptions and the grocery stocked with spices requested by the local community while the lighting for the crosswalk from the nearby rail station was upgraded, and the entrance was made more inviting with a new mural and plants.
Bloomberg noted that Target is a retailer long associated with white suburban shoppers — and executives said the overhaul is part of an effort to improve its image with black customers. Indeed, the outlet said the Minneapolis store drew shoppers from areas twice as black as a typical Target, according to cellphone data tracked by SafeGraph.
“By being based in Minneapolis — by being based in the eye of the storm of George Floyd — they had a huge responsibility to produce a pretty elaborate plan,” Anthony Thompson, a professor of clinical law and a founding faculty director of the Center on Race, Inequality and the Law at New York University, told Bloomberg of Target’s decision to raze and reconstruct the store.
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It’s not exactly clear why this specific store was targeted; protesters originally headed there for milk to relieve the pain from being tear gassed. But in rebuilding, Target realized the surrounding neighborhood had never been asked point-blank whether the store that’s been there since 1976 was serving it well. It wasn’t.
The litany of complaints was long. And even though a remodel in 2018 fixed earlier perceptions the store was dirty, poorly stocked and a bit of an afterthought, some White residents in the Longfellow neighborhood would still drive to a different Target instead, derogatorily referring to the location — and its customers — as “Tar-ghetto.”
So the roughly $80 billion corporation did something it hadn’t before: met with Black residents, employees and community organizers (over Zoom; it’s 2020 after all) to ask what they wanted to see in the reconstructed store.
Target hired a contracting company owned by a Somali-American woman and built some of those neighborhood requests into its blueprints. It also added shutters to the store that can come down in case of future emergencies.
Bloomberg added that Target laid out the goals of its new racial justice committee in August, including the need to “create environments where Black guests feel overtly welcome,” which implied many didn’t.
Kiera Fernandez, the corporation’s chief diversity and inclusion officer and vice president of human resources, acknowledged to the outlet that Target does have a reputation of catering to white shoppers — but that it’s working on building more relationships with black entrepreneurs by stocking their products. But Bloomberg noted that Target hasn’t committed to signing the 15% Pledge, a promise to fill shelves with that percentage of products made by black-owned brands.’https://www.theblaze.com/news/target-reopening-looted-ransacked-minneapolis-store-with-emphasis-on-serving-black-customers?utm_source=theblaze-dailyPM&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily-Newsletter__PM%202020-11-12&utm_term=ACTIVE%20LIST%20-%20TheBlaze%20Daily%20PM