Target at Essex Crossing Announces Aug. 19 Opening, Local Job Fairs

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Target announced today a grand opening date for its new location at Essex Crossing. The 22,500 square foot “small format” store at 400 Grand St. (also known as 145 Clinton St.) will debut on Sunday, Aug. 19.

Also today, Target put the word out about several job fairs to be held this month in the community. The company expects to hire 85 employees for the Lower East Side outpost, which will be located on the second floor of a residential building called The Rollins. The employment events will be held June 11,12, 14 and 18 and, we’re told, are being coordinated in partnership with Delancey Street Associates (the Essex Crossing development group) and the Lower East Side Employment Network.

Anyone interested in applying, should visit Target’s employment page to make an appointment for an interview in advance. [Applicants should indicate that they’re specifically interested in jobs at 400 Grand St., Manhattan).

The store will be the fifth Target location in Manhattan and is part of a nationwide push into major urban markets. The Lower East Side Target will, according to a press release, offer a “curated assortment, including men’s and women’s apparel and accessories, baby essentials, toys, basics for the family, home décor, health and beauty products, electronics, tech accessories, and a food and beverage selection that includes fresh produce and grab-and-go items.”  There’s also going to be a CVS Pharmacy in the store.

Target has 27 stores open or in the planning stages in New York City. Just today a new store was announced in Brooklyn. A store will open in July on East 14th Street (Avenue A).

The Rollins, a 14-story tower, will also include a Trader Joe’s store, which is likely to open in the early fall. There are 211 rental apartments in the building, half low/middle income and half market rate. All of the affordable apartments were claimed through a city-sponsored housing lottery. Last week, Delancey Street Associates announced that more than 65% of the market rate units have been leased.

Essex Crossing is spread across nine sites, and includes 1,9 million square feet of residential and commercial development.

First Signs of New Target Store Appear on Grand Street

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The first big commercial ventures will be opening up later this year at Essex Crossing. As you may know, a mid-sized Target store is coming to 145 Clinton St., one of four buildings in the first phase of the big development project. Today we got a glimpse of Target’s signage on the Grand Street side of the mixed residential/retail complex.

According to Target’s website, an opening on the Lower East Side is anticipated in the summertime. The 22,500 square foot space is on the second floor. A 30,000 square foot Trader Joe’s will be on the lower level.

Other major businesses coming to Essex Crossing this year include: Regal Cinemas, Splitsville Lanes and NYU Langone. If you’re interested in jobs from any of these employers, you should reach out to the Lower East Side Employment Network.

Target is Coming to Essex Crossing; 22,500 SF Store Slated For 145 Clinton St. (Updated)

Target will be located on the second floor of 145 Clinton St. Rendering by Beyer Blinder Belle.

Target will be located on the second floor of 145 Clinton St. Rendering by Beyer Blinder Belle.

Target announced today it is opening a store in the Essex Crossing project on the Lower East Side.

The 22,500 square foot, “small format” urban store will be located on the second floor of a building now under construction at 145 Clinton St. The mixed-use building will also include a 30,000 square foot Trader Joe’s grocery store.

A Target spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal that the big box retailer “sees tremendous potential” in the New York City market. Full-size Target stores are often well over 100,000 square feet. The small format concept (ranging from 12,000-60,000 sf) had 32 locations at the end of 2016, the Journal reported. A rapid expansion of the smaller stores is planned during the next couple of years.

The Lower East Side Target store will be taking the place of Planet Fitness, which backed out of Essex Crossing after announcing in the fall of 2015 it would be coming to the 1.9 million square foot complex.

The first phase of Essex Crossing, on four sites, will be completed next year. In total, the project will bring more than 1,000 apartments, retail, office space and community facilities to the former Seward Park Urban Renewal Area. It is being built by Delancey Street Associates, a joint venture of L+M Development Partners, BFC Partners, Taconic Investment Partners and the Prusik Group.

UPDATE 5/1/2017 A few more details from a press release put out last night by Delancey Street Associates:

S. Andrew Katz of the Prusik Group said, “Throughout the planning process, the community made clear that a quality, affordable apparel and home goods retailer was a top priority for the neighborhood; we made a commitment to deliver that… With Target, Trader Joe’s, Splitsville Luxury Lanes, Regal Cinemas and NYU Langone’s medical center all slated to open next year, 2018 will be a banner year for Essex Crossing’s commercial spaces and really bring the site to life for the community.”

The Lower East Side location will be Target’s fourth store in Manhattan. The company already has stores in Harlem and Tribeca. A location in Herald Square is scheduled to open this coming fall. Target has announced plans for small format stores on East 14th Street and Hell’s Kitchen.

The LES store is expected to include: food and beverage items; health and beauty “brands most relevant to the diverse guest;” clothing and accessories for both young professionals and children; stationery and home items “dedicated to refreshing small living spaces;” and a CVS Pharmacy.

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