Target confirms it will open second area store in Hub on Campus high-rise


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CHAMPAIGN — Target has confirmed it is adding a second location to the area, this one in Campustown.

The new Target is scheduled to open in 2020 at the base of the new Hub on Campus high-rise being built on the southeast corner of Sixth and Green streets, according to Target's list of upcoming stores.

The store will be about 17,000 square feet, according to Target's website, and a rendering indicates it will use part of the building's first two floors.

"We see an opportunity to serve even more guests in Champaign-Urbana," said Target spokeswoman Jacqueline DeBuse.

The building’s Facebook page is also promoting the new Target.

The 17-story high-rise developed by Core Spaces is scheduled to open in August 2020, and construction is well underway.

The Target store has long been rumored as a tenant in the high-rise, even appearing in November on Core's website in a rendering that was quickly removed.

Core and Target said at the time that they couldn't confirm the new store, but also didn't deny the rumor.

Target has been opening smaller stores in more markets, including at a student housing project developed by Core near the University of Kentucky.

It hopes to have 130 of them by the end of 2019, many of them on or near college campuses.

The stores are placed in areas where a full Target wouldn't fit, and the campus ones focus on items geared toward college students and staff.

Target first started testing the stores in 2012, and they range in size from 12,800 square feet to around 40,000 square feet, about a third the size of a full store.

Target already has a full-sized store in Champaign on North Prospect Avenue.

Jimmy John's also appeared on the rendering in November, and a spokesman confirmed then that the sandwich shop would open in the high-rise.

It had closed its Green Street location near Sixth, as it sat in the footprint of the new building.

The 175-foot high-rise is being built on land currently occupied by buildings that once housed the Firehaus and Clybourne bars, Korean restaurant Woori Jib, HomeTown Pantry, InterVarsity's meeting space The Loft, Campus Ink, and Jimmy John's.

Those businesses have all either closed or moved.

Once completed, the Hub on Campus will have two floors of retail, with student housing above that.