Target Addresses Escalating Theft Challenges

Target, a popular retail chain, has been facing significant challenges with escalating theft and “organized retail crime.” Unfortunately, this issue has resulted in the closure of nine stores across four states. Despite the company’s efforts to address the problem, including increasing security staff, using third-party guard services, and implementing theft-deterrent tools, the issue continues to persist.

Stores Impacted and Remaining Stores

Let’s take a look at which markets have been affected and the stores that are still operating in those areas. We’ll also provide information about the number of team members employed:

New York City:

  • Harlem: 517 E 117th St. (96 remaining stores, over 20,000 team members)


  • University Way: 4535 University Way NE
  • Ballard: 1448 NW Market St., Ste. 100 (22 remaining stores, nearly 4,000 team members)

San Francisco/Oakland:

  • SF Folsom: 1690 Folsom St.
  • Oakland Broadway: 2650 Broadway
  • Pittsburg: 4301 Century Blvd. (32 remaining stores, over 6,400 team members)


  • Galleria: 939 SW Morrison St.
  • Powell: 3031 SE Powell Blvd.
  • Hollywood: 4030 NE Halsey St. (15 remaining stores, more than 2,500 team members)

A Focus on Security and Collaboration

To combat theft and ensure the safety of both their team members and valued customers, Target is taking additional measures. They have started locking certain merchandise cases and have partnered with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Security Investigations division. Target recognizes that they can’t solve this issue on their own and are committed to collaborating with external stakeholders to find effective solutions.

Ensuring Customer Safety and Shopping Experience

While the closures of these nine stores are unfortunate, it’s crucial to note that Target remains fully operational in the region with over 150 stores. The company is determined to prioritize the safety and shopping experience of their valued customers. Target understands the concerns regarding escalating theft and is actively working towards resolving the issue to provide a safe and enjoyable shopping environment.


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