Target shuttering 9 stores in major U.S. cities due to crime, theft

Sept. 27, 2023
Target is closing nine stores in New York City, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco due to increased levels of criminal activity, especially theft-related crimes.

Target is closing nine stores in New York City, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco due to increased levels of criminal activity, especially theft-related crimes.

The company said the stores will close for good on Oct. 21, 2023.

“We cannot continue operating these stores because theft and organized retail crime are threatening the safety of our team and guests, and contributing to unsustainable business performance,” Target said in a news release.

The nine Target locations closing include the following stores:

New York City:

  • 517 E 117th St., Harlem


  • 4535 University Way NE, Seattle University Way
  • 1448 NW Market St., Ste 100, Seattle Ballard

San Francisco/Oakland:

  • 1690 Folsom St. (SF Folsom and 13th St.)
  • 2650 Broadway (Oakland Broadway and 27th)
  • 4301 Century Blvd., Pittsburg


  • Portland Galleria at 939 SW Morrison St.
  • Portland Powell at 3031 SE Powell Blvd.
  • Portland Hollywood at 4030 NE Halsey St.

These nine closures are not the first wave of store closures for Target this year. Earlier this year, Target announced it would close four stores nationwide due to declining foot traffic in urban markets.

Other retailers have also shut their doors due to crime in big cities, specifically in Portland. REINike and Walmart all shut down stores in Portland due to a rise in theft-related crime.

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Theft and organized retail crime are “increasingly urgent issues” that are limiting product availability, creating a less convenient shopping experience and putting employees and shoppers in harm’s way, said Target Chairman and CEO Brian Cornell.
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