smart development

We're committed to creating buildings that use space efficiently, improve connectivity for guests and team members, and enhance local communities.


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Being a retail leader in smart development means enhancing communities, neighborhoods and surrounding areas by revitalizing business districts, attracting additional services and designing to the neighborhood. For example, we take steps to protect and preserve water resources and the surrounding habitats on and near our property using conservation easements. When we can, we also clean up and redevelop landfills and other brownfield areas, giving them new lives as sites for our stores.


As we build more stores, especially in urban areas, we’ll continue to focus on responsible growth—where guests live and work, and near mass transit.


Chicago CityTarget store

We're making an effort to re-work previously developed sites and retail spaces. Approximately one quarter of our stores are located in space that was once used for another purpose. For example, our CityTarget store in downtown Chicago(pictured) is housed in the historic Louis Sullivan-designed building that was formerly home to the flagship Carson Pirie Scott department store.

stormwater management systems

An example of a rain garden in front of a Target store

When it rains, it pours. So as part of our commitment to smart development, we’ve created a comprehensive stormwater management system for each of our stores, and we’re always exploring new design innovations to reduce and improve the quality of stormwater runoff. Examples of these systems include bioswales (landscape elements designed to remove silt and pollution from surface runoff water) at our store in Redmond, Wash., rain gardens at our store in Edina, Minn., and permeable pavement at our store in Brandon, Fla.