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Target announces it will close Morrow location

Clayton County will lose 100 retail jobs as a result

The Target parking lot in Morrow was largely vacant Wednesday afternoon. The retailer informed city leaders this week that it plans to close the store in February because of poor performance. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

The Target parking lot in Morrow was largely vacant Wednesday afternoon. The retailer informed city leaders this week that it plans to close the store in February because of poor performance. (Staff Photo: Curt Yeomans)

MORROW — Clayton County will lose about 100 jobs Feb. 1, when the Target in Morrow closes its doors after about 18 years of business, according to a city official.

City Manager Jeff Eady said the city received a letter from Target informing officials about the decision. The store at 1940 Mt. Zion Road is one of four locations nation-wide — and the only one in Georgia — slated for closure because of performance issues. The other stores are in Florida, Arizona and California.

It is also the only Target in Clayton County.

“It is a [surprise],” said Eady. “Several years ago, they actually came to us about turning it into a Super Target and actually pushing the store out into the parking lot, which they can do. But, for whatever reason, they’ve made the decision to close it instead.”

It’s unclear what the store’s exact financial situation is. Target officials said, in a statement, money was a factor in the decision, but they did not give details.

“The store opened in 1996 and is being closed after careful consideration of the financial performance and potential of this specific location,” the statement says.

Read Friday’s Clayton News Daily and stay tuned to news-daily.com for additional details.