Target ends garden centers

Section fails to reap profits; some tool, soil offerings to stay
2010-08-04T00:00:00Z 2014-08-20T09:31:45Z Target ends garden centersColey Ward Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
August 04, 2010 12:00 am  • 

If you've grown to love Target's garden centers, you might wilt a little to learn the plants are going away.

The big-box retailer will close all 262 of its garden centers in September.

"They are no longer a profitable business for Target and do not provide significant value for our guests," said Target spokeswoman Jenna Reck.

All of the seven Tucson-area Target stores have garden centers. The Super Target at 4040 N. Oracle Road does not.

While the centers are closing, some of the products will remain.

Target will continue to sell garden tools, small bags of soil and lawn and patio furniture inside the store.

Only the live plants and industrial-size bags of soil are getting the ax.

Reck says the company will repurpose the garden centers, depending on the needs of the individual stores.

At many stores, the plants will likely give way to groceries.

The chain plans to spend $1 billion to remodel 340 of its stores this year, adding more fresh food and restructuring the cosmetics and home decor departments.

Alas, none of the company's stores in Tucson are getting the "fresh food remodel."

Reck said she didn't know how Tucson's garden centers will be repurposed.

Contact reporter Coley Ward at cward@azstarnet.com or 807-8429.

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