10 Little-Known Facts About Target
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From Nate Berkus capsule collections to Missoni homeware and everything in between, Target is our favorite discount spot for quality goods with impeccable design. Considering how much we love the mega-retailer, and the fact that our sister site Who What Wear is working on a Target line, we thought it was appropriate to take our Target relationship to the next level. So, we did what anyone considering a serious relationship would do—we googled our attraction. If you love the bull’s eye as much as we do, scroll through for some little-known, sometimes shocking facts about Target.
The price tags at Target tell you more than you think. For instance, if the price ends in $0.06 or $0.08, then the item will be marked down again. If the price ends in $0.04, that means that it is final clearance and will not be marked down again. Look at the small number printed in the upper right-hand corner of a Target price tag to see the percentage off for the markdown. It's a quick cheat sheet for savvy shoppers.
In March 1993, Target opened 11 stores in Chicago on the same day. This is more store openings in one day in one city than Starbucks has ever attempted. The aggressive launch was deemed an act of retail war on competitors Walmart and Kmart, as it was the first time all three were going up against each other in a major market.
The Target mascot, a gorgeous white dog named Bullseye, was introduced in 1999. We love the bull’s-eye dye on her face, especially because it is vegetable based, toxin free, and approved by the American Humane Association. We also love that the face of Target has been spotted flying first class. The VIP traveler also has a closet full of custom-made ensembles for special events.
In 1997, Target donated $1 million to repair the severely dilapidated Washington Monument. The company also pledged additional assistance to the National Park Service and helped enlist talented designer Michael Graves to brainstorm ideas to reinforce the patriotic structure during the restoration work.
Regardless of where you purchased your Target product, you can always return through the mail for free. Visit the online return center and print out a prepaid return label. No need to worry about shipping fees!
Need to replenish your pet food? Shop at Target on Fridays. Need to stock up on house supplies? Shop on Thursday. How about cosmetics? Schedule your shopping for Friday. It turns out Target has a markdown schedule for product pricing that goes as follows: Monday: electronics, accessories, kids' clothing, books, baby, and stationery; Tuesday: women's clothing, pets, and market food items; Wednesday: men's clothing, health and beauty items, diapers, lawn/garden items, and furniture; Thursday: housewares, lingerie, shoes, toys, sporting goods, décor, and luggage; Friday: auto, cosmetics, hardware, and jewelry.
In 1895, real estate developer George Dayton purchased a stretch of property in Minneapolis. The land was available because it had previously belonged to the Westminster Presbyterian Church, but that structure burned down. Thanks to the empty patch of ground, Dayton was able to build a six-story commercial building for what would later become Target.
Many Target locations have large red concrete balls placed seemingly randomly outside of their sliding glass doors. This isn’t an ode to the store's aesthetic, although the red globes do fit the Target look. Rather, the balls are used to keep cars from driving into the door and mauling shoppers.
According to Forbes, “Target has figured out how to data-mine its way into your womb, to figure out whether you have a baby on the way long before you need to start buying diapers.” This revelation comes after a story about a pregnant teen and her father’s discovery of her pregnancy ran in The New York Times. The father complained to his local Target about sending his teenage daughter diaper coupons, only to find out they were doing so because data pointed to her being pregnant, which she was.
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