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Target marks opening of first Vermont store

Target marks opening of first Vermont store

New location brings discount chain to all 50 states

This weekend, Target Corp. will officially open its first store in Vermont, which will give the discount retailer stores in all 50 states.

A grand opening event for the new location, at 155 Dorset St. in South Burlington’s University Mall, is scheduled for Oct. 21. Measuring 60,000 square feet, the store is one of the more than 130 small-format units that Minneapolis-based Target plans to open by the end of 2019.

The South Burlington store carries groceries — including fresh produce, grab-and-go foods, meal solutions and snacks — plus personal care and beauty items, health care products, apparel and accessories (for men, women, children and babies), back-to-school offerings, household essentials and home decor.

Curbside pickup service also will be available at the store, which will have drive-up lanes where store associates will bring online orders to customers waiting in their cars.

Shipt, a Target subsidiary, will be making its Vermont debut as well with the launch of same-day delivery on Oct. 23. About 60,000 households in the greater Burlington area will get access to delivery of groceries, household staples, electronics, toys and other products in as soon as an hour.

Birmingham, Ala.-based Shipt said it’s expanding its network of personal shoppers in the metropolitan market to support order fulfillment. Shoppers in Vermont who sign up with Shipt before launch are being offered $50 off the $99 annual membership, which provides free, unlimited deliveries for orders over $35.

“In conjunction with the opening of Vermont’s very first Target store, Shipt is able to offer convenient same-day delivery to Burlington area residents,” Bill Smith, founder and CEO of Shipt, said in a statement. “This milestone for Target also marks a milestone market for Shipt, which is now available throughout New England, and continues to grow with Target across the country.”

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