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Explanation of store closings and conversions to Kmart


Dozens of Target Australia stores are scheduled to close in 2021 and dozens more will be converted to Kmart stores as parent company Wesfarmers works to shore up its retail division.

Target brand downsizing news broke up for the first time in May last year, when it was announced that the profitability of the department stores that were once the favorites was falling.

So what is the current schedule for Target stores and which ones will be closing?

Here’s what we know about downsizing for 2021.

Moranbah residents will be forced to travel 300 km to reach the closest department stores after their Target Country store closes.
Moranbah residents will be forced to travel 300 km to reach the closest department stores after their Target Country store closes. (Nine)

How many Target stores will be closing?

Roughly 75 Target stores have just a few months before their shutters will close forever in the next few months.

This includes standard “10-25” Target stores (Wesfarmers’ copy) and 50 Target Country stores.

You can see a full list of Target stores that are closing, and when, at the end of this article.

The new ‘K Hub’ stores will replace the old Target Country stores. (Kmart Australia)

Why are Target stores closing?

Parent company Wesfarmers’ business analysis has shown a changing retail landscape in which consumers are opting for “cheap and cheerful” products from retailers like Kmart, combined with some high-end purchases.

Despite its great brand recognition, Target as a large-format retail offering was potentially cannibalizing the sales of sister group Kmart, and it didn’t offer a big enough point of difference compared to Myer and David Jones.

Shoppers will be able to collect thousands of products that they purchased online. (Kmart Australia)

What will happen to the Target staff?

The company has said that personnel affected by the store closures will be “considered” for positions in other parts of the business.

Wesfarmers also owns other retail giants in Bunnings and Officeworks.

Staff in stores that are becoming Kmart will receive a job offer from that Kmart.

Possibly, because the Target brand is still highly recognized in Australia, your new focus once closings and conversions are complete will likely be online.

“The network will continue to be continuously reviewed to support our transition to a smaller, more focused and more streamlined business. Importantly, our online business will continue to be available 24 hours a day,” said Target Australia in a business update. .

“We will increase our digital capabilities so that we can continue to meet the growing demand in this space.”

Target’s website is up and running, and will presumably only grow from here. (Destination Australia)

What stores are becoming Kmart?

About 80 stores will be converted to Kmart stores across the country.

All of these conversions will take place between “early to mid-2021”. Many have already started or finished.

You can see a full list of stores below.

Target stores closing or becoming Kmart stores in Queensland.
Target stores closing or becoming Kmart stores in Queensland. (Nine)

TARGET STORES THAT ARE CLOSING

STORE LOCATION

STATE

Closing months

ARMIDALE

NSW

early-mid 2021

ATHERTON

QLD

early 2021

BACCHUS MARSH

VIC

early-mid 2021

BAIRNSDALE

VIC

early-mid 2021

BEAUDESERT

QLD

early-mid 2021

BENALLA

VIC

mid 2021

BILOELA

QLD

early 2021

BUSSELTON

Washington

September 2020

CAIRNS

QLD

mid 2021

CAMPBELLTOWN

NSW

July 2020

CASINO RETAIL CENTER

NSW

early-mid 2021

CASTLETOWN

QLD

early 2021

CLARE

TO

early-mid 2021

CLIFTON BEACH

QLD

early-mid 2021

COLAC

VIC

early-mid 2021

COOMA

NSW

early-mid 2021

COOTAMUNDRA

NSW

early-mid 2021

COROWA

NSW

early-mid 2021

DENILIQUIN

NSW

early-mid 2021

DEVONPORT

TAS

early-mid 2021

EMERALD

QLD

early-mid 2021

FORBES

NSW

early-mid 2021

FULHAM GARDENS

TO

August 2020

GOONELLABAH

NSW

early 2021

HERVEY BAY

QLD

early 2021

KALGOORLIE

Washington

September 2020

KARRATHA

Washington

early-mid 2021

Shells

VIC

early-mid 2021

KIPPA RING

QLD

early 2021

KUNUNURRA

Washington

early-mid 2021

LANGWARRIN

VIC

early-mid 2021

LEETON

NSW

early 2021

LONG RANGE

QLD

early-mid 2021

MANJIMUP

Washington

early-mid 2021

MARGARET RIVER

Washington

early-mid 2021

MARYBOROUGH

VIC

early-mid 2021

PRADO SPRINGS

Washington

Aug 2020

MERIMBULA

NSW

early-mid 2021

MERREDIN

Washington

early-mid 2021

MILICENTE

TO

early 2021

MORANBAH

QLD

early-mid 2021

MORISSET

NSW

early-mid 2021

MURGON

QLD

early-mid 2021

MURWILLUMBAH

NSW

early 2021

MYRTLEFORD

VIC

early-mid 2021

NARACOORTE

TO

early-mid 2021

NARRABRI

NSW

early-mid 2021

NARROGINE

Washington

early-mid 2021

NOWRA

NSW

early-mid 2021

KEYS TO THE OCEAN

Washington

October 2020

Parks

NSW

September 2020

PASADENA

TO

June 2020

PORT LINCOLN

TO

early 2021

SALAMANDER BAY

NSW

early-mid 2021

BUN

NSW

early-mid 2021

TRARALGON

VIC

early-mid 2021

WAGGA WAGGA

NSW

early-mid 2021

WARRAGUL

VIC

early-mid 2021

WESTON CREEK

ACT

early-mid 2021

WINMALEE

NSW

early-mid 2021

TARGET STORES BECOMING KMART

STORE LOCATION

STATE

Closing months

ARARAT

VIC

early-mid 2021

AYR

QLD

early-mid 2021

BATHROOM

NSW

Oct 2020

BEERWAH

QLD

early-mid 2021

BEGA

NSW

early-mid 2021

NEW

TO

early 2021

BONDI UNION

NSW

early 2021

BROKEN HILL

NSW

early-mid 2021

Broom

Washington

Oct 2020

BOWEN

QLD

early 2021

BOWRAL

NSW

early 2021

CAMBERWELL

VIC

Oct 2020

CAROLINE SPRINGS

VIC

late 2021

CASEY

VIC

Oct 2020

CASTLEMAINE

VIC

Sep 2020

CHARTERS TOWERS

QLD

early 2021

CHINCHILLA

QLD

early 2021

CRAIGIEBURN

VIC

early 2021

LOAD

VIC

July 2020

Dalby

QLD

early 2021

DONCASTER

VIC

early 2021

DUBBO

NSW

Oct 2020

ECHUCA

VIC

July 2020

EPPING

VIC

early-mid 2021

HOPE

Washington

early 2021

FOREST LAKE

QLD

early 2021

GATTON

QLD

early 2021

GERALDTON

Washington

early-mid 2021

GOONDIWINDI

QLD

early 2021

GREEN HILLS

NSW

early 2020

GUNNEDAH

NSW

early 2021

GYMPIE

QLD

early 2021

HAMILTON

VIC

early 2021

INGHAM

QLD

early 2021

KATHERINE

New Testament

early 2021

KATOOMBA

NSW

early 2021

KYABRAM

VIC

Sep 2020

ENTRANCE TO THE LAKES

VIC

early 2021

LEONGATHA

VIC

early 2021

LIVERPOOL

NSW

mid 2021

MANSFIELD

VIC

early 2021

MACQUARIE

NSW

early 2021

MAREEBA

QLD

early 2021

MIRANDA

NSW

early 2021

PLUS

NSW

early 2021

MUDGEE

NSW

early 2021

MURRAY BRIDGE

TO

early 2021

NOOSA UNION

QLD

early 2021

NORTHAM

Washington

early 2021

OCEAN SHORES VILLAGE CTR

NSW

early 2021

PERTH CBD

Washington

mid 2021

PICTON

NSW

early 2021

PINJARRA

Washington

early 2021

PUERTO AUGUSTA

TO

early 2021

PORT DOUGLAS

QLD

early 2021

Portland

VIC

early 2021

RHODES

NSW

early 2021

ROME

QLD

early 2021

ROUSE HILL

NSW

early 2021

SARINA

QLD

early 2021

SEYMOUR

VIC

July 2020

STANTHORPE

QLD

early 2021

SUCCESS

Washington

Oct 2020

SWAN HILL

VIC

early 2021

TUMUT

NSW

early 2021

ULLADULLA

NSW

early 2021

PUERTO VICTOR

TO

early 2021

GARDENS

VIC

early-mid 2021

WARRINGAH MALL

NSW

mid 2021

WARWICK

QLD

early 2021

WETHERILL PARK

NSW

Oct 2020

CITY OF WHITFORD

Washington

mid 2021

WHYALLA

TO

Oct 2020

WINDSOR TOWN S / C

NSW

early 2021

WONTHAGGI

VIC

Oct 2020

WOOD

VIC

Sep 2020

YAMBA

NSW

early 2021

YARRAWONGA

VIC

early 2021

YASS

NSW

early 2021

YEPPOON

QLD

early 2021


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