Target becomes latest large retailer to commit to Closter Plaza

BY Christopher Lang, Northern Valley Suburbanite, Feb. 25, 2016

CLOSTER – One of the largest retail chains in the nation announced last week that it will open a store in the borough.

Target Corp. on Feb. 16 said it will open a store at the Closter Plaza, a mall that has been in redevelopment for several years.

The approximately 45,000-square-foot store will be a “flexible-format” design, which is meant to “fit stores into less traditional, smaller spaces to allow access to all of Target – regardless of store size,” the corporation noted in its statement.

The Closter location is one of 18 flexible-format Target stores the company plans to open in 2016 and 2017 across the country.

In the statement, Target anticipates opening the Closter location in late fall or early spring of 2017.

The company plans to hire approximately 90 employees for the location.

Once opened, Target will have six locations in Bergen and Passaic counties. The closest store to Closter is in Hackensack.

“At Target, we’re putting our guest at the center of everything we do and meeting them when and where they want to shop,” the company said in a statement. “The closest Target store is approximately 8 miles away, so by bringing a store to Closter, we’re making it easier for guest in this community to shop.”

The addition of a Target to Closter Plaza continues the long effort to revamp the mall that at onetime was a main shopping hub in the Northern Valley.

Closter Plaza, which is being redeveloped by EDENS, will also include a Whole Foods Market; Home Goods; two restaurants from Food Network Iron Chef Jose Garces, Village Whiskey and Distrito; 18\8 Fine Men’s Salons, as well as a host of mainstays such as Rudy’s Restaurant and Piazza and Massage Envy.

“I think most people are very excited to hear that Target is coming,” said Closter Chamber of Commerce President Mike Brown, who added the business organization hopes stores like Target and Home Goods will ultimately be a boon for all retailers in Closter, not just the ones in the plaza.

“These are two stores that do generate a lot of traffic,” said Brown. “These big box retailers will bring more traffic at all different times of the day, which will hopefully help everyone. The whole business community.”

Once completed, the new Closter Plaza will be approximately 208,400-square-feet of retail, food and entertainment space on Vervalen Street.

EDENS did not return calls for comment.