Troup: Target date for opening of Quincy’s Target store likely to be in August

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QUINCY — Quincy’s Target store is expected to open in August.

Quincy Mayor Mike Troup said he had reached out to Target Corporation in Minneapolis last week, hoping he could give an update about construction at the 36th and Broadway site as part of the State of the City speech he delivered on Friday to the Quincy Exchange Club.

However, Troup didn’t hear back from Target until Tuesday morning.

“Originally, when we first signed the deal a year ago, the plan was (for the store to open) May of this year,” the mayor said. “They’ve had some supply issues with getting materials, and they’re obviously still working on the renovations. As that gets completed, then the Target store personnel will come in to set up all the displays.

“It’s still progressing. Now it’s going to be August. I’m grateful. I guess the back-to-school shopping could be interesting in Quincy this year.

An aerial view of the Target store at the northeast corner of 36th and Broadway in Quincy. | Randy Phillips

Documents filed in May 2022 in the Adams County Recorder’s office show the Target Real Estate Corporation acquired the rights to develop the Quincy property at 3601-3701 Broadway that formerly housed Kmart for a combined $5 million. Renovation work started shortly afterward at the 104,000 square-foot store.

Troup also said he checked with GMX Real Estate Group, a real estate investment and development company based in Northbrook that focuses on development, acquisitions and operations of commercial real estate projects. GMX offered no new news on what businesses will be filling other new construction on the property. 

“There’s a restaurant to be planned on the most western side, a little bit further north than where the Ruby Tuesday building was,” Troup said. “I believe the plan (for the restaurant) is for it to be more of a fast-food restaurant with a drive-up. Just east of there, toward the main entrance (off Broadway), there will be another outbuilding that will house three or four other tenants, similar to what Tom Marx is putting up at 30th and Broadway. They could have like a quick food service in one or two of those spots, and potentially, one or two of those could also have a drive-up window. 

“The only tenants that they could have in any of those (outbuildings) must be a national operator. That’s part of the agreement with Target.”

Troup says he doesn’t know how far along the renovation and construction is at the site. He also said no hiring events are expected to be scheduled until the building is complete.

“They’ve been pretty tight all along in how they share information with us,” he said. “They do several of these types of projects each year. I think Target’s waiting until they tell me, ‘We’re going to be in there next week, and this is what we need.”

Troup said former Kmart shoppers won’t recognize the changes at Target.

“What you thought was there, it’s long gone,” he said. “Everything that’s been put back is brand new. It’s a whole different look. Are they 90 percent completed? Are they 98 percent completed? I don’t know.”

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