July 18, 2019
(Copyright 2019 BNN, Inc.) — Target plans to open a new Dorchester store in the Fields Corner shopping plaza next year. The retail giant will fill a void in the mall that was left when discount clothing retailer Fallas closed its doors last November.
Tom Cifrino, who operates the holding company that owns the mall on Geneva Avenue, said that Target has agreed to a ten-year lease with optional, incremental extensions. Cifrino said that Target plans to “completely renovate” the 27,000 square foot space to accommodate its store, which he expects will open by spring 2020.
Jacquelne Debuse, a spokesperson for Target, confirmed that the store would open in 2020.
“We’re excited to bring an easy, convenient shopping experience to more guests in the greater Boston area with this new Target store,” Debuse said in a statement to the Reporter. “As we get closer to opening the store, we’ll have more specific details to share – including how the shopping experience will be tailored to serve local guests and the grand opening date.”
Cifrino said that the smaller store size is part of a national strategy by Target to locate smaller footprint stores in urban markets. Target has similar, "small-format" stores now open in Roslindale and Brookline, he noted. Target operates a much larger store— roughly 100,000 sq. ft.— in Dorchester’s South Bay Mall.
The new store on Geneva Avenue will include a grocery section, which Cifrino estimates will be 4,000-5,000 square foot in size.
The space that Target will fill has been a tough one for its predecessors, which have included Fallas, HomeGoods and A.J. Wright in recent years.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this article included a photo that depicted a store in a different city. The present photo shows a rendering of what the Dorchester store will look like.