Following the recent announcement of the closure of upcoming closure of the Batemans Bay Target store in April the same fate has recently also hit Temora’s Target Country store resulting in several country Mayors and senior Temora Council staff now scheduled to meet with the Head of Corporate Affairs for Target and KMart divisions, Mr Steven Mann. But it’s not just Batemans Bay and Temora copping the blows, with several other townships facing closure of their Target Country stores as well. “There is an obvious amount of anger which still exists,”said Mayor Rick Firman. "The announcement regarding the upcoming closure of Temora’s Target Country store on 8th June 2019 has come as a great disappointment to Temora Shire Council." The outrage has prompted a recent meeting at Parliament House in Sydney, where Mayors of NSW Local Government Areas with affected stores met and determined to seek the meeting. The meeting will be held in Sydney on 3rd April, with a delegation of four Mayors and four senior Council Officers in attendance. The delegation with the Head of Corporate Affairs for Target and KMart divisions will have representation from Temora Shire Council, Tenterfield Shire Council, Gilgandra Shire Council, and Eurobodalla Shire Council “The meeting will be centred on discussing alternative business models, and we hope something positive may result,” said Mayor Firman. Target Batemans Bay have announced they will close in April. In a statement issued from their head office on February 15th, 2019, it said the Orient St store would close its doors on April 20th. Wesfarmers, which also owns Bunnings, Kmart and Officeworks, said it hoped to transfer staff of the retail clothing and home wares stores to other outlets. "Target is working hard to ensure our Batemans Bay team members can join another Target team at a store convenient to them or across the wider Wesfarmers retail businesses," the statement said.
Batemans Bay Target storefront: Image Capture: Google (source)