South Bay Target Stores Take Aim at Groceries

Subtle hint of things to come in the Manhattan Beach Target.

For the past couple months, Target stores in the South Bay have been shuffling stock from one part of the store to another, only to move it back a couple days later.  What’s all the fuss about?  They’re making room for groceries.

Target stores already carry many staple items like milk, bread, and canned foods.  The new mini-grocery sections will add fresh produce and additional frozen goods.

Signs around the Manhattan Beach and Gardena stores — both of which are in the middle of remodelling — report fresh groceries will arrive in April.  The Redondo Beach and Torrance stores are also adding new grocery section although construction has not begun at the Torrance location near Del Amo mall.  As for the two Carson locations, I haven’t been there in a while and wasn’t able to get anyone on the phone

“The Street” is saying that Target is adding groceries to its list of big-box-store items in an attempt to beat the on-going recession.  Others say that Target is trying to compete with Wal-Mart for more discount shoppers.  Granted, both of these articles are from 2009, but they still have some truth to them as household budgets continue to shrink and new grocery sections open in stores branded with a bullseye logo.

As for me, I’ll be happy I can get my contact solution, laundry detergent, and fresh fruit all in the same place.

Will a grocery section in Target make you more likely to shop there compared to a regular grocery store?  Knowing their marketing and pricing style, do you have any opinions on how Target’s grocery might compare to Wal-Mart’s or a regular grocery like Ralph’s or Albertson’s?

South Bay Target Stores

Target has several stores in the South Bay area.  These are the ones that I know have grocery stores coming to them.  Ask the manager at your local store if your neighborhood Target isn’t listed below.   Find more info online at Target.com.

1200 North Sepulveda Boulevard
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-5193

1601 Kingsdale Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA 90278-3928

2169 West Redondo Beach Boulevard
Gardena, CA 90247-3625

3433 West Sepulveda Boulevard
Torrance, CA 90505-2600

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2 Responses to “South Bay Target Stores Take Aim at Groceries”

  1. It’s a great idea for them to add groceries. It will probably rival Wal-Mart and perhaps be cheaper than chain grocery stores. It’s interesting how so many places are in competition like this.

  2. I’m wondering how their bulk items will be priced: bananas, apples, oranges, etc. But i also read somewhere that most items will be prepackaged; that is, all the fruits and veggies already bagged or bundled up. supposed to make check out faster but I enjoy choosing my fruits and veggies and even getting the exact weight that I need.

    And yes, the competition is fierce! I mean, even 99 cent stores have groceries!!!

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