Target opening store near University of Cincinnati next summer

Posted: 9:47 AM, Sep 07, 2016
Updated: 2016-09-07 22:34:00Z

CINCINNATI -- Target is opening a store near the University of Cincinnati next summer, its first urban-format store in Greater Cincinnati.

The retailer says the store at 235 Calhoun St., part of U Square at the Loop, will be about 17,700 square feet.

The location will have fresh groceries (including grab-and-go food), home merchandise (with a focus on dorm and apartment living, obviously), local sports teams' merchandise, a health and beauty section, men’s and women’s apparel and accessories and tech accessories, as well as order pick-up.

The store is slated to open in July 2017.

"We’re delighted to welcome Target to U Square at the Loop," Towne Properties' Arn Bortz said in a statement. "Its arrival will enhance the quality of life for the university community, the hospital community and the uptown neighborhood for years to come."

The city of Cincinnati lobbied the Minneapolis-based retailer to open a Downtown store at the International Council of Shopping Centers convention in Las Vegas in May.

“An urban Target would work,” Economic Development Director Oscar Bedolla told WCPO in June . “We’ve got the daytime population that exceeds other cities our size and the residential market is growing. Plus, people want convenience. With some of the higher-end units coming on line, people want to be able to walk out their door and find available retail.”

The Kroger Co. has a new Corryville store under construction that features a drive-through pharmacy, Little Clinic health center, an expanded natural foods section and a growler station for beer on tap.

Target also is opening another Ohio store near a major university: The Ohio State University Target will be larger than UC's store, at 28,000 square feet. It's scheduled to open in 2018 at the corner of 16th and High streets.