The Target store in Hutchinson, Kansas, is closing next year. Associated Press File photo
The Target store in Hutchinson, Kansas, is closing next year. Associated Press File photo

Retail

Kansas shoppers to ‘mourn’ Target’s closing with candlelight vigil

By Kaitlyn Alanis

kalanis@wichitaeagle.com

November 07, 2017 11:46 AM

UPDATED November 07, 2017 12:13 PM

It is a tragedy no Target shopper ever wants to hear.

The red carts, the dollar spot, the beloved Bullseye, the cafe’s popcorn aroma that fills the store – gone. All of it.

Yes, a Target store in Kansas closing, and people are more than a little upset.

On Monday, Nov. 6, the Hutch News reported that the Hutchinson Target is closing, citing decreasing profits.

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“This decision was not made lightly,” Kristy Welker, a Target spokeswoman, told the Hutch News. “We have a rigorous process in place to evaluate the performance of every store on an annual basis, closing or relocating underperforming locations as needed. Typically, a store is closed as a result of seeing several years of decreasing profitability.”

It should come to no surprise that loyal Target shoppers are more than a little upset, and even a little frustrated.

“I will have no reason to go out and about anymore with Target gone,” Bethany Krafels of Hutchinson told the Hutch News on Facebook. “We are becoming more and more antisocial with our online shopping.”

Krafels is not alone.

On Feb. 2, 2018 – the day before the Hutchinson Target closing date – shoppers will gather to mourn their Target loss with a candlelight vigil.

“Let’s be sad together,” Celestia Favela, one of the candlelight-vigil coordinators, posted on Facebook.

The Facebook event page, “Candlelight Vigil for Target,” has more than 130 people interested and more than 50 people who have marked that they will be attending.

The vigil to “corporately mourn the loss of our beloved Target” will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 2 in the Hutchinson Target parking lot, 1529 E 17th Ave.

Oh, and the event is BYOC, so bring your own candles.

There are no other Target stores closing in Kansas this quarter, Welker told the Hutch News, but there are others in the U.S. that will also be closing.

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Kaitlyn Alanis: 316-269-6708, @kaitlynalanis