Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) is pleased to announce the opening of a new store in Escondido in October 2012. The general merchandise store will be one of the 20 stores the company plans to open in 2012. The new store, located at the intersection of Via Rancho Parkway and Interstate 15, will offer guests the everyday essentials and exclusive brands they have come to expect from Target. In addition, it will include a selection of fresh produce, fresh packaged meat and pre-packaged baked goods to further enhance guests’ experience. The store will be approximately 135,000 square feet and employ approximately 200 team members. “Target is excited to open its second store in Escondido,” said Cary Strouse, Target’s senior vice president of stores in the Western region. “California continues to be a great market for Target. We are committed to being a good neighbor and developing long-lasting relationships with guests and the Escondido community.” Target will host job fairs approximately two months prior to the new store opening, at which prospective candidates may apply and interview for open team member positions. Candidates may also apply online at Target.com/careers or at in-store kiosks located at all Target stores approximately three months prior to the new store opening. Target creates strong partnerships with local organizations in all of the communities where the company does business through Target’s community giving programs. This store will start a local grant program, contribute to the United Way and donate food to a Feeding America member, or approved agency. Target also encourages team members to volunteer their time to serve the needs of their community. About Target Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,765 stores across the United States and at Target.com. The company will open its first stores in Canada in 2013. In addition, the company operates a credit card segment that offers branded proprietary credit card products. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its income through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $3 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit Target.com/hereforgood. For more information, visit Target.com/pressroom.