(Memphis) One Target store in Memphis has a bull’s eye on it as the company announces it will close eight stores around the country because of bad sales figures.
The drop in sales comes just after the private financial information of at least 70 million Target shoppers was hacked during the holiday shopping season.
There’s going to be a big hole in the shopping center at Winchester and Hacks Cross when Target closes in May.
The retailer says lower than expected Christmas sales nationally are to blame.
The numbers show sales were stronger than expected for the company during the holiday shopping season, until December 19.
That’s the day Target announced the names, mailing addresses, phone number or email addresses for up to 70 million shoppers had been stolen out of its system by hackers.
After that announcement sales started declining.
“Surprised! I hadn’t heard about it. Shock!” said Donna Mason.
She shops at the Target on Winchester all the time, but said her sister won’t go back to the store after the hacking scandal.
“My sister had the problem and someone who she knows. Everything was taken from them and their account.”
The Winchester store is just one of eight Targets across the US that will close May 3rd.
Target says workers who qualify will be transferred to similar positions at nearby stores but it didn’t mention what those qualifications are.
Justin Weathers works at the Target and says that’s not much of a consolation, “I wouldn’t like that. Mainly because I’ve driven back and forth 20 minute drives coming from my school to get here for work. Depending on where we go I wouldn’t like that.”
The other stores are located in:
- West Dundee, Ill.
- Las Vegas, Nev.
- North Las Vegas, Nev
- Duluth, Ga.
- Memphis, Tenn.
- Orange Park, Fla.
- Middletown, Ohio
- Trotwood, Ohio.