Target is planning to open a second store in Evanston — in the Sherman Plaza development downtown.

The company announcement late this afternoon indicates the new store will take over a row of now vacant storefronts on the Sherman Avenue side of the complex.

A rendering of the planned Target store at Sherman Plaza.

The new 27,400 square foot small-format store is projected to open in March 2018.

It will be the company’s 84th location in the Chicago metro area and its ninth small-format store in the market.

Other small-format Targets have already opened on State Street and in Streeterville, Lincoln Park North and Hyde Park in the City of Chicago.

Two more will open in Chicago as well as ones in Oak Park and Skokie before the new Evanston location.

Target is focused on expanding small-format stores in dense urban and suburban neighborhoods, as well as on college campuses.

The company says the Evanston Downtown Target store will provide Northwestern University students and the downtown working, residential and visitor populations a quick-trip shopping experience.

It will have a grocery selection, including fresh produce, grab-and-go items and meal solutions, beauty, health and personal care products, apparel and accessories for women and men, a curated assortment of dorm and apartment essentials, portable technology products and entertainment accessories, and a selection of toys and sporting goods. Services will include a CVS Pharmacy.

It will also offer an order pickup option, so customers can buy on line and pickup in the store.

“We’ve been searching for the right location in Evanston for a Target store, so we’re thrilled to bring our small-format concept to downtown at The Shops at Sherman Plaza,” said Mark Schindele, senior vice president, Properties, Target.

“I’m pleased to welcome Target to The Shops at Sherman Plaza,” said Mayor Steve Hagerty. “The fact that a strong, national retailer like Target is opening a new store in downtown Evanston speaks volumes about the strength of our local economy.”

The Target will fill storefronts previously occupied by OfficeMax, Ann Taylor Loft and Jos. A. Bank.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Hooray!

    Dear Target,

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! I have no use for “Whole Paycheck.” Jewel and Trader Joe’s are both a little too far away for regular grocery runs on foot. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

    1. Best city news this year—and probably decade
      Now if the Council and “18th Century city fans” don’t screw it up.
      Probably an additional $1000 per year of my spending staying in Evanston—all on things existing stores don’t provide.

  2. What stores to be taken over ?
    The story says “Services will include a CVS Pharmacy.” Does this have implications for the CVS on Sherman or is this intended as just another branch ? Does the ‘Pharmacy” mean just a Pharmacy or just a full name for a complete store ?

    Do we know how many of the existing stores this takes over ? The picture show LA Fitness still there. Will the Venture take over all the stores from there south ? around the corner to Benson ? stores on Benson up to _______ ?

    1. Re-read…

      Re-read the last graf of the story for the answer to your second question. (To put it another way, Target is taking over the row of vacant storefronts that adjoin each other on the Sherman Avenue side of the building. Not displacing any of the occupied stores.)

      Don’t know the answer to your questions about the CVS.

      — Bill

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