The first Target was opened in Saint Paul, MN on May 1, 1962 by the Dayton company. Employee John F. Geese came up with the idea of a upscale discount retailing store. Target lost money up until 1965 when they reached over $39 in sales. At this point, they opened a 5th location in Minneapolis. The following year, Target expanded outside of Minnesota with a location near Denver, CO in Glendale, CO. Through a number of mergers & acquisitions, by 1981, Target had 151 locations and sales reached over $2 billion. As of today, there are 1,803 locations throughout the United States. All 133 Canadian locations were closed in 2015.


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Customer Service & Support Info:

  1. Store Experience: 800-440-0680
  2. Online Experience: 800-591-3869
  3. Email:
  4. Target Customer Service Online Chat
  5. Twitter Customer Service: @asktarget
  6. Facebook Customer Service:
  7. Additional Contact Methods

Additional Service Numbers:

  1. Gift Registry & Target Lists: 800-888-9333
  2. Pharmacy & Clinic: 877-798-2743
  3. Target Gift Cards: 800-544-2943
  4. REDcard Guest Services: 800-424-6888

Target Fun Facts:

  • Calling Target "Tarjay" has been a thing as far back as 1962.
  • In 1997, Target donated $1,000,000 to the NPS to help repair a crumbling Washington Monument.
  • The big red concrete balls you see in front of many Target locations are there to prevent cars from entering the store.
  • Target's cute little mascot, Bullseye, is a Bull Terrier and, yes, he flies first class.
  • Target's IT team alone employs over 3,000 people. They oversee everything from the website to mobile apps to their data centers & more.
  • A hacker once hijacked the speaker system and blast pornographic sounds over the loudspeakers. The store in San Luis Obispo had to be evacuated before they were able to track the culprit down.
  • Back in 2006, Target was the first major store to give it's carts a plastic makeover. Typically, you'd see heavier metal carts. The result, a cart that is 15-20 pounds lighter and much easier to maneuver.

A-Z Review: 4.98/5 Stars

Target is definitely a store you'd want to keep on your radar. Along with the fact that they pretty much sell everything, along with their own brands, you are able to make purchases online and pick up in-store. The only reason we couldn't give Target a 5/5 is because, in the age of Prime Now and Prime 2-day shipping, their shipping time may take an extra day or two. On the plus side, they do offer free standard shipping (3-5 business days) on order over $25. Handling fee may apply. Valid on shipping to the 48 contiguous states, as well as APO/FPO. Another point to mention is that Target understands the needs of the end customer - they not only offer just about everything, they also focus heavily on additional sales, coupons & deals.


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