Target in the Twin Cities

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giving back in our own backyard

For more than 50 years, Target has been a staple of the downtown Minneapolis business community. Realizing the importance of a strong central business district, Target has grown into one of downtown’s largest employers and is a consistent supporter of its community.

We work with our team and partners across sectors to engage in local conversations to gauge where we can drive and contribute to meaningful change.

Community giving has always been a cornerstone of our company. It’s why since 1946 Target has given 5 percent of our profit, which today totals millions of dollars a week, to communities in which our guests and team members live, learn, work and play.

Through innovative programs, team member volunteerism, and strong partnerships, Target demonstrates a commitment to giving. In 2016 Target gave over $37 million in cash grants and product donations in the Twin Cities, and team members volunteered more than 100,000 hours in the community.

A few of the organizations we proudly support: Greater Twin Cities United Way, EMERGE, Science Museum of Minnesota, Metropolitan Economic Development AssociationPeople Serving People, and YMCA.

Tiffany Miskulin of St. Paul Midway Store

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Tiffany Miskulin’s career began at Target nearly 12 years ago. Today, Tiffany serves as the store team leader (STL) of the St. Paul Midway location, known as “The Mighty Mid” and the second-busiest Target store. We sat down with Tiffany to learn more about her and the role:

How would you describe your leadership style?

My job is to build cohesion and teamwork within my leadership team that spreads into my hourly team.  The biggest thing I’ve learned in these positions is how to take care of people – people work really hard for you if you care.

Why is The Mighty Mid store special?

I love the diversity with the team and with the guests. Within the community, you’ve got so many different neighborhoods that shop here. My store truly reflects the community from the diverse population of my leaders to the people who shop here.

What makes the team at your store unique?

The pride of the team that we hire lives in the community. Our team also reflects the diversity that we see in the community we serve. I find value in all human beings – and I can relate to all people. So, our work environment enables all people to feel comfortable to share and be open.

How does your team engage with the community?

We have team members that volunteer all the time. As a group we’ve supported the women’s shelter [Women’s Advocates] quite a few times. Just yesterday, I had some of my leaders going to St. Jude Medical. When snow storms roll in, we have car attendants help dig people out. 

What is your favorite part of your job?

Promoting people that I believe can do more, and that can make an impact in their own community, store or district -- that has been fun for me.

Target team members on the street of downtown Minneapolis

supporting downtown Minneapolis

Target Field opening in 2010 helped increase development on the west side of downtown, and the current renovations to Target Center will add to the sports and entertainment scene in the Warehouse District. Target supported the establishment of the Minneapolis Central Library, building the new Vikings stadium in downtown, the revitalization of Nicollet Mall and many other projects that align with the Intersections: The Downtown 2025 Plan’s goals.

community partner spotlight

We’re proud to support the inspiring work of the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) and its partner organizations to ensure children and families are prepared for the workforce and to reach their full potential.

NAZ, a collaborative of nonprofits and schools, was founded in 2010 to address permanently closing the achievement gap and putting children on the path to college, while ending multi-generational poverty in North Minneapolis. The idea behind NAZ is that a child’s academic success is also dependent on what happens outside the classroom, such as their family life, housing and health.

In 2015, Target pledged $3 million over three years to NAZ with the goal of closing the achievement gap between students of color and their white classmates. The commitment will fund core elements of NAZ, including parent education courses, academic coaching for kids, “expanded learning” courses after school and during the summer, as well as health and wellness initiatives.

man holds Maddy&Maize snack bag in the aisle of a Target store

Maddy & Maize of St. Paul

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As part of Target’s commitment to support the communities in which we operate, we sell specially curated goods from businesses in the area. One of these businesses is Maddy & Maize, an all-natural, non-GMO, small-batch gourmet popcorn company. 

Learn more about Maddy & Maize from Brett Striker, CEO and founder of the company.

What can you tell us about your business?

I had the idea to start a popcorn company back in 2014 after I became tired of eating the same basic flavors. Using inspiration from foods that I loved such as Cookies & Cream Ice Cream, I set out to create my own, better-for-you indulgent snack that wouldn’t carry so much guilt after I ate it.

I began working on my flavors without the use of any artificial flavors and colors, using only gluten-free ingredients, and with a heavy focus on vegan varieties. Two years later, and after countless failed attempts at perfecting the flavor, I began to sell my popcorn at the local farmers market in the summer of 2016. As of today, we are in over 50 Target stores in Minnesota and we continue to grow every day! 

How did your product first come to Target stores?

We were fortunate enough to be selected to pitch at Target Headquarters for the Shop Local Program. I had five minutes to pitch my products to Target buyers and share my story! We were selected as a finalist and then awarded space at the front of the [Nicollet Mall Target] store in the Shop Local Program.  

How has your business changed since being sold in Target?

It has changed dramatically. The overall reaction from the community – both Target guests and team members – has been so positive. The popcorn sold really well during the Shop Local Program and word began to spread. Guests at other stores started asking for our popcorn and I began receiving calls from other Target stores' managers all over the Twin Cities asking to carry us!

If you could tell Target shoppers one thing, what would it be?

We strive for inclusivity and discovery in all that we do. We want to support all individuals regardless of their food preferences and that is reflected in the premium ingredients we use that you can actually pronounce! In addition, we're continually coming out with new and unique flavors so check our Instagram, website and your local Target store for what's next! (Fall is in the air... Apple Pie a La Mode anyone?)

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"Target was founded on the idea that our performance as a company is intrinsically linked to the health and vitality of the communities in which we live and work."

Brian Cornell
Chairman and
CEO, Target

good to know

In 2017, across the in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, Target ...​

  • Gave more than $29.7M+ to the community
  • Donated 4.9M+ lbs of food
  • Had 58 stores and 24,000+ team members
  • Dedicated 84,100+ hours in volunteer projects with area non-profits
  • Partnered with: Greater Twin Cities United Way, EMERGE, Science Museum of Minnesota, Metropolitan Economic Development Association, People Serving People, YMCA, Northside Achievement Zone

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