Target removes some LGBTQ merchandise from stores ahead of June Pride month after threats to workers
Target is removing certain items from its stores and making other changes to its LGBTQ merchandise nationwide ahead of Pride month, after an intense backlash from some customers including violent confrontations with its workers.
Target's 3Q profit drops 52% as shoppers force price cuts
An unexpected and potentially ominous pullback in customer spending ahead of the holiday shopping season pushed third quarter profits at Target down 52% after it was forced to slash prices for Americans who are feeling the squeeze of inflation.
South Texas Latina-owned business makes national debut at Target for Hispanic Heritage Month
After years of hard work and dedication, a small South Texas Latina-owned business has made its national debut with hopes of inspiring Latinos across the U.S with its exclusive new collection at Target stores.
These San Antonio grocery stores are helping you beat the heat with delivery, curbside services
Long lines and crowded aisles at the grocery store can get old real quick. It leaves you wondering if there’s a simpler way to get your shopping out the way without all the added stress of wait times and bumping into strangers as you make your way to the register.
Ear piercing coming to Target stores in San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO – Target and Rowan have teamed up to bring ear piercers to select stores in Texas and across the country. Rowan, a trendy earring shop and ear piercing service, will soon have piercing nurses at seven San Antonio-area Target stores. AdKSAT has reached out to Target to ask if the service will be added to other stores in Texas or the San Antonio area in the future. So far, the service is also available at Target stores in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston. Rowan currently offers an at-home piercing service in the Houston area for $135.
Jump in hiring fuels optimism for US economic recovery
That is down dramatically from 14.8% last April, just after the virus erupted in the United States. AdAlso hiring last month were retailers, which added 41,000 jobs, health care companies, with 46,000, and manufacturers, with 21,000. But state and local governments have slashed 1.4 million jobs since the pandemic erupted, including 86,000 last month, and most have instituted hiring freezes. The Congressional Budget Office projects the nation will add a substantial 6.2 million jobs this year. Sounding an optimistic note, he said: “There’s good reason to expect job creation to pick up in the coming months."
Target powers through a pandemic; 2020 sales growth explodes
FILE - In this April 6, 2020 file photo, a customer wearing a mask carries his purchases as he leaves a Target store during the coronavirus pandemic, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The moves come as Target extended its sales streak through the holiday quarter and sales grew by more than $15 billion. Online sales soared 118%. In the previous quarter, same-store sales rose 10%, while online sales spiked 155%. Late last year, it signed a deal with beauty chain Ulta Beauty that will place Ulta shops in more than 100 Target stores by mid-2021.
One Target store in San Antonio is getting a mini Apple shop
SAN ANTONIO – One San Antonio Target is getting a new, exciting addition — a mini Apple store. The Target store located at 18255 Blanco Road will be receiving the new Apple shop, although it’s unclear when specifically this will launch. If you can’t make it to the store in-person, Target has also launched an online Apple store section on its website. To see the full list of Target stores getting the new Apple additions, click here. RELATED: Discount art supply store, a ‘first’ of its kind in San Antonio, opens on North Side
US jobless claims at 730K, still high but fewest in 3 months
The Federal Reserve says theres evidence that hiring has picked up in recent weeks, though the job market remains badly damaged by the pandemic. Jobless claims declined by 111,000 from the previous week to a seasonally adjusted 730,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. Still, before the virus erupted in the United States last March, weekly applications for unemployment benefits had never topped 700,000. The latest figures coincide with a weakened job market that has made scant progress in the past three months. AdAll told, 19 million people were receiving unemployment aid as of Feb. 6, up from 18.3 million the previous week.
These businesses are donating to winter storm relief efforts in San Antonio, across Texas
SAN ANTONIO – The Insurance Council of Texas is predicting that the winter storm that walloped Texas this month could be the costliest winter storm in state history. Many people in San Antonio and across Texas are dealing with problems caused by the snow, ice and frigid temperatures. In San Antonio, $100,000 is going to support Haven for Hope and the San Antonio Food Bank. AdH-E-BH-E-B announced a donation of $1 million to support 18 Texas food banks. AdToyotaToyota has donated $1 million to help Texas recover from the winter storm damage, including $300,000 in San Antonio.
Federal Reserve sees modest pickup in hiring this month
The Federal Reserve says theres evidence that hiring has picked up in recent weeks, though the job market remains badly damaged by the pandemic. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve says there's evidence that hiring has picked up in recent weeks, though the job market remains badly damaged by the pandemic. In its semi-annual monetary policy report released Friday, the Fed said it has been watching job data compiled by payroll processor ADP. AdThe report will form the basis for Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell's testimony next week before committees in the House and Senate. Hiring has stalled in the past three months, with job gains averaging just 90,000 a month from November through January.
Texans running out of food as weather crisis cripples supply chain
A Fiesta grocery store in South Austin saw a shortage of some goods as customers stocked up early in the week. From farm to table, freezing temperatures and power outages are crippling the supply chain that people rely on for food every day. Some are storing their remaining rations in coolers outside, and trips to the grocery store often do little to replenish pantries. Several food banks affiliated with Feeding Texas have also started providing food supplies to emergency warming shelters in the state’s major cities. AdFor Texas residents, disruptions to the food supply chain, often combined with continued power outages, mean eating non-perishable canned goods or leftover items like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
We are loving the hundreds of items made by, for the Black community from this popular store
Target’s Black History Month 'Black Is Beautiful' Sweatshirt comes in sizes for the whole family. There are plenty of ways to do just that, but we’re really digging doing so by supporting Black designers and business while also showing off and promoting a strong Black legacy. In its sixth year of celebrating Black History Month, Target is showcasing Black voices, heritage, ingenuity and creativity with its biggest BHM collection ever. In addition to apparel, the 2021 Black History Month collection includes an assortment of gifts and accessories, like this planner. This Black History Month collection is just one piece of Target’s Black Beyond Measure campaign.
US consumer prices up 0.3% in January, led by energy spike
U.S. consumer prices were unchanged in October, the lowest reading in five months and an indication that the price spike seen this summer is beginning to fade as coronavirus cases start to increase. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)WASHINGTON – U.S. consumer prices rose 0.3% in January, led by a surge in energy. But even though the gain was the biggest monthly increase since July, inflation gains over the past year have remained modest. Core inflation, which excludes volatile food and energy costs, is also up 1.4% with core prices unchanged in January. “Consumer price inflation remains very tame,” said Kathy Bostjancic, chief U.S. financial economist at Oxford Economics, predicting that the upcoming rise in year-over-year inflation figures should be transitory.
Biden boosting vaccine allotments, financing for virus costs
Starting next week, 1 million doses will be distributed to some 6,500 pharmacies across the country, the White House said. The administration is also boosting by 500,000 the weekly allocation of vaccines sent directly to states and territories for the coming weeks, up to 10.5 million. It is allowing state and local governments to receive additional federal dollars to cover previously incurred expenses relating to the pandemic. The number of participating pharmacies and the allocation of vaccines are expected to accelerate as drug makers increase production. The Biden administration has sought to increase certainty to state governments on their upcoming allocations to streamline deliveries and prevent stockpiling of second doses for the two-dose regimens.
Target giving $500 bonus to frontline employees
(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)SAN ANTONIO – Target officials have announced that front-line employees who have been working hard in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic will be rewarded with a bonus. The retailer announced Monday that it’s giving $500 bonuses to all hourly team members in stores, distribution centers, headquarters and field-based offices. The bonus that Target provided relieved some of the stress we were experiencing as a family. Target officials announced that they plan to extend coronavirus benefits in 2021 to help team members navigate the pandemic. Target currently has 57 jobs available in the San Antonio area within a 35-mile radius, according to the company’s website.
Retail group: holiday sales up 8.3% amid big spending shift
The nations largest retail trade group says Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, that holiday sales soared 8.3%, far exceeding its forecast even as the coronavirus kept shoppers away from physical stores. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)NEW YORK – The nation’s largest retail trade group said Friday that holiday sales soared 8.3%, far exceeding its forecast even as the coronavirus kept shoppers away from physical stores. The retail sales figures exclude sales from autos, restaurants and gas. The non-seasonably adjusted holiday figures, contrast with a downbeat report Friday from the Commerce Department that retail sales fell a seasonally adjusted 0.7% in December from the month before. However, the government reported a 3.7% retail sales gain in November and a 2.9% gain in December compared to the year-ago periods.
U.S. retail sales fell in December for 3rd straight month
A sale sign is displayed near the entrance of a Hallmark store Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. Retail sales fell for a third straight month, as a surge in virus cases kept people away from stores and restaurants during the holiday shopping season. The U.S. Commerce Department said Friday that retail sales fell a seasonally adjusted 0.7% in December from the month before, a decline Wall Street analysts weren't expecting. The Commerce Department said sales even fell online, down nearly 6% after rising 19% for the year. At restaurants and bars, sales fell 4.5% in December as states restricted in-person dining, ending the year down 21%. The nation’s largest retail trade group said that when car, restaurant and gas sales are taken out, and when non-seasonably adjusted numbers are compared from a year ago instead of month to month, sales in November and December actually rose 8.3% from the year before.
Target continues to thrive in whirlwind retail environment
Targets strong sales streak extended through the holiday season, as shoppers snapped up everything from clothing to home goods during the pandemic. The Minneapolis company reported Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, that its online sales surged 102% for the November and December period. The retailer reported Wednesday that online sales surged 102% between November and December. A fuller picture of the holiday season sales will come on Friday when the U.S. government releases its December retail sales figure. Tiffany & Co. last week reported a 2% gain in preliminary holiday sales, helped by strong sales in China and online.
Valentine’s Day hot cocoa bombs are here, and we are so excited
One of the good things to come out of 2020 was hot cocoa bombs, the delicious chocolate globes filled with hot cocoa mix and marshmallows that melt when hot milk is poured over them. They were all the rage during the holiday season, and it looks like they’re not going anywhere any time soon, thanks to Valentine’s Day hot cocoa bombs from Target. That’s right: The lovely folks at Target are selling a strawberry and cream-flavored hot cocoa bomb for just $2.99. According to the store’s website, you can’t order these hot cocoa bombs online, but you can search and see if a Target near you has them in stock. It felt like it was impossible to snag a hot cocoa bomb during the holidays, so we wouldn’t be surprised if they sold out again.
Police: Man steals mini-snow plow, crashes into Target
Logo is visible on facade at Target retail store under dramatic sky in San Ramon, California, May 30, 2020. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)BAY SHORE, N.Y. – A Long Island man has been arrested after a Christmas morning crime spree that gave new meaning to the term doorbuster. He then crashed the mini-snow plow through the front doors of a nearby Target. No one was injured, but the front doors of the store “suffered extensive damages," police said in a news release. Shuffle, 33, of Deer Park, pleaded not guilty Friday to third-degree burglary and fourth-degree larceny.
World’s smallest Target store in Marathon, Texas, has been demolished
MARATHON, Texas – RIP Target Marathon. It’s referred to as the world’s smallest Target and it stands off US Highway 90 outside Marathon, Texas, in remote Brewster County. In fact, it’s not actually a Target store, but a former railroad structure with the store’s logo painted on it. The nearest real Target stores are a couple of hours away in Odessa and Midland. (Nan Palmero/Flickr)The iconic Target in Marathon is no more.
Sephora to take over cosmetics in Kohl’s stores
NEW YORK – Sephora will be replacing all cosmetics areas at Kohl’s with 2,500 square foot shops, starting with 200 locations in the fall of next year. Earlier this month, Target said it would be opening Ulta Beauty shops in more than 100 stores next year. J.C. Penney said its developing its own cosmetics area to replace Sephora when that agreement ends. Rougeot said Sephora was attracted to Kohl's because of its network of 1,100 stores, mostly outside of malls. The Sephora shops, which will feature about 100 brands, will be at the front of Kohl's stores.
Target gains steam heading into crucial holiday season
Customer traffic rose 4.5% and average dollars spent rose nearly 16%. Its total sales rose 21.3% to $22.34 billion. During the latest quarter, drive-up sales increased more than fivefold, while order pickup continues to increase with more than a 50% increase. Last week, Target announced a deal with nation’s largest beauty store chain, Ulta Beauty, that will place Ulta shops in more than 100 Target stores by mid-2021. The shops, which will each be about 1,000 square feet and carry makeup, skincare, and fragrance, will operate beside existing beauty sections in Target stores.
'Tis the season to get with it; retailers expect surge in online sales, shipping
SAN ANTONIO – From virtual shopping carts to curbside pickup, Black Friday is bound to look different this year. Instead of door-busting mayhem before the pumpkin pie is even in the oven, record-busting online shopping and shipping is expected. Online shopping for the season is expected to be 25% to 35% greater than last year, according to Deloitte. Most retailers are also offering curbside pickup as shoppers try to avoid crowds and germs. Another big reason to shop early is what’s being dubbed “shipageddon.”“With holiday shopping on top of the widespread shift to online shopping during the pandemic, shipping companies are going to be totally overwhelmed,” Gordon said.
Ulta to open beauty shops at 100 Target stores in 2021
NEW YORK (AP) – The nation’s largest beauty chain has a deal to place shops in more than 100 Target stores by mid-2021. Ulta Beauty and Target said Tuesday that the shops will be located next to Target’s existing beauty sections. Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. The partnership comes as the coronavirus pandemic has upended shopping habits. But the deal could hurt department stores like Macy’s, which had already seen their share of their beauty business eroded even before the pandemic.
Ulta to open beauty shops at 100 Target stores in 2021
FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2020 file photo, women walk to an Ulta Beauty store in Schaumburg, Ill. The nations largest beauty chain has a deal to place shops in more than 100 Target stores by mid-2021. Ulta Beauty and Target said Tuesday, Nov. 10 that the shops will be located next to Targets existing beauty sections. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)NEW YORK – The nation's largest beauty store chain, Ulta Beauty, has a deal to place shops in more than 100 Target stores by mid-2021. “More than ever before, now is the time for innovation in retail,” said Mary Dillon, CEO of Ulta Beauty.
Black Friday sneaks into October to compete with Amazon’s Prime Day
Amazon pushed its mega sale event called Prime Day from July to October 13-14, prompting other big retailers to scooch up their Black Friday and other sale events. “We’re going to see a lot of tech deals, home goods and toys, as well, because Amazon is using Prime Day this year to kick off the holiday shopping season,” said Samantha Gordon, deal-hunting guru for Consumer Reports. Target is promoting its Deal Days to coincide with Prime Day October 13-14. “I’ve always said Black Friday starts November first. This year, it starts Prime Day.”Prime Day deals are only available to Prime members.
Pandemic pushes start of holiday shopping earlier than ever
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)NEW YORK – Add last-minute holiday shopping to the list of time-honored traditions being upended by the coronavirus pandemic. Black Friday has long been the unofficial start to the U.S. holiday season, though retailers have been pushing holiday shopping earlier for the last decade or so. The first big holiday push will come from Amazon, which is positioning its mid-October Prime Day as a kickoff to the holiday shopping season. Even with the early start to the season, holiday sales are expected to deliver smaller gains than in recent years. Joel Bines, who runs the retail practice at AlixPartners, thinks the earlier shopping will stick even when the pandemic is over.
US layoffs remain elevated as incomes and spending weaken
Overall jobless aid has shrunk in recent weeks even as roughly 25 million people rely upon it. Total paid unemployment benefits plunged by more than half in August, according to the Commerce Department. Most of them are transitioning to an extended jobless aid program that provides benefits for an additional three months. Weekly applications for unemployment benefits are typically watched as a proxy for layoffs, although the data has become muddied in recent months. On Friday, the government will issue the jobs report for September, the final such report before Election Day, Nov. 3.
Walmart, Target going head to head with Amazon Prime Day with deal days of their own
SAN ANTONIO – Some of the nation’s top retailers will offer overlapping deal days in October, helping kick off the holiday shopping season early. Target and Walmart each announced their sets of deal days for a wide range of items after Amazon revealed when it will hold Prime Day. Target’s deal days will be Oct. 13-14, and Walmart’s “Big Save” event will last Oct. 11-15. This is the first year Amazon will hold Prime Day in the fall, pushed back from July due to the pandemic. Click here for early Prime Day deals.
COVID-19 danger continues to drive joblessness in US
Until the pandemic upended the operations of American companies, from factories to family diners, weekly jobless aid applications had never exceeded 700,000 in the U.S. They’ve topped 700,000 for 26 consecutive weeks. An extra $600 in weekly unemployment benefits ran out July 31, squeezing households that had depended on the beefed-up payments. President Donald Trump issued an executive order Aug. 8 providing a scaled-back version of the expanded jobless aid. Most states signed up for federal grants that let them increase weekly benefits by $300 or $400. The extra $600 in weekly jobless benefits didn’t replace all her lost income but helped.
August jobs report likely to point to a still-slow recovery
The government issues the jobs report Friday, Sept. 4, for August at a time of continuing layoffs and high unemployment. Economists have forecast that employers added 1.4 million jobs in August and that the unemployment rate fell from 10.2% to 9.8%, according to a survey by data provider FactSet. The Labor Department will issue the August jobs report at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time Friday. The economy still has roughly 13 million fewer jobs than it did when the coronavirus struck in March. The jobs report coincides with growing signs that more companies are making permanent job cuts rather than temporary furloughs.
Its here: Targets car seat trade-in event is finally happening
Target has announced it will hold its car seat trade-in event Sept. 13-26, which is when the store will accept any car seat in exchange for a 20% off Target coupon. All types of car seats will be accepted, including infant seats, convertible seats, bases, harness or booster seats and car seats that are expired or damaged. Whether youve done it before or youre new to the process, heres how it works:Take your old car seat to Target and place it in a designated box outside the store. Open your wallet in the Target app and view Extra Offers to find your coupon. The coupon can be applied to one new car seat, stroller or select baby gear item.
2 wanted after shopper robbed, dragged by vehicle outside Target at The Rim, police say
2 wanted after shopper robbed, dragged by vehicle outside Target at The Rim, police sayPublished: August 24, 2020, 8:04 amTwo people are wanted in connection to a robbery outside a Target on the far Northwest Side earlier this month.
2 wanted after shopper robbed, dragged by vehicle outside Target at The Rim, police say
SAN ANTONIO Two people are wanted in connection to a robbery outside a Target on the far Northwest Side earlier this month. Two suspects in a vehicle approached the shopper whose bag was still in their cart, according to Crime Stoppers. The shopper also grabbed their bag and was dragged by the suspects vehicle, Crime Stoppers said. Tips can be made by calling Crime Stoppers at 210-224-STOP, visiting sacrimestoppers.com, or by using the P3 Tips app. Read also: High-speed chase near downtown San Antonio leads to capture of robbery suspect, police say
Target sales surge as Americans lean on big box stores
NEW YORK Comparable store sales at Target soared 24.3% in the second quarter, more evidence that big box retailers have turned them into essential points of supply during the pandemic. Comparable sales which include sales at stores opened at least a year and online sales - set a record for the three-month period that ended Aug. 1. Online sales surged 195%, while sales at established stores rose 10.9%. Americans have relied on big box retailers like Walmart, Home Depot, as well as Amazon, since the start of the pandemic. That trend accelerated to 97% in the second quarter.
Target joins Walmart in ending Thanksgiving store shopping
NEW YORK Target is joining Walmart in closing its stores on Thanksgiving Day, ending a decadelong tradition of jump-starting Black Friday door buster sales. Now, the virus has turned the holiday shopping model upside down. Historically, deal hunting and holiday shopping can mean crowded events, and this isnt a year for crowds, Minneapolis-based Target said in a corporate blog posted. Despite competition from Thanksgiving shopping, Black Friday ranks as either the top or No. Like Target, other retailers will also likely start holiday sales even earlier to stretch out crowds.
Target to close on Thanksgiving, ending Black Friday kickoff
NEW YORK (AP) Target is joining Walmart in closing its stores on Thanksgiving Day, ending a decade-long tradition of jump starting Black Friday sales. The move, announced Monday, comes as stores are rethinking the Black Friday in-store doorbusters as they try to curb the spread of the coronavirus, which has seen a resurgence in a slew of states. Target opened for the first time on Thanksgiving in 2011, joining other stores in jump-starting Black Friday sales and creating a new tradition of shoppers heading out to the stores after their turkey feast. Walmart closing for Thanksgiving, giving more bonuses to employeesWalmart announced last week that stores in the U.S. will be closed on Thanksgiving. Sams Club will also be closed on Thanksgiving day.
List of national retail chains requiring masks is growing
NEW YORK Two major retailers on Thursday joined the growing list of national chains that will require customers to wear face masks regardless of where cities or states stand on the issue. Target's mandatory face mask policy will go into effect Aug. 1, and all CVS stores will begin requiring them on Monday. More than 80% of Targets 1,800 stores already require customers to wear masks due to local and state regulations. Starbucks, Best Buy, Kohls and Kroger Co. have also announced mandatory masks nationwide. To be clear, were not asking our store employees to play the role of enforcer, said Jon Roberts, the chief operating officer at CVS.
Target, Walmart say they wont release COVID-19 cases in San Antonio stores
SAN ANTONIO Amid a spike in COVID-19 cases in Texas, some major grocery chains are saying they will not disclose infections among staff. Walmart and Target told KSAT.com they will not release a positive employees store location, date of positive result or date last worked, citing the workers personal safety and privacy. Dozens of H-E-B stores in San Antonio, New Braunfels area report employees with COVID-19 in JuneCertain businesses in the San Antonio area have openly stated their employees have tested positive. Forty H-E-B stores have had employees test positive for COVID-19 as of Thursday afternoon, store officials say. The grocery chain includes each new cases on each stores webpage in an effort to be transparent with customers, H-E-B states.
Target makes Juneteenth an official annual company holiday
Target is joining a growing list of companies like Twitter, Square, Vox Media and Nike that are recognizing Juneteenth as a company holiday. The retailer announced Monday that Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19, will be added to the company’s annual holiday calendar “giving our team space to honor Juneteenth in their own way,” according to a press release. Stores and distribution centers will remain open, however, hourly team members will receive time and a half pay and all other eligible Target team members will be given the option of taking the day off with full pay. Headquarters will be closed in observance of Juneteenth. Target to raise starting pay to $15 an hour across US
Target to raise starting pay to $15 an hour across US
SAN ANTONIO – Target is honoring a commitment to increase wages for team members by bumping starting pay to $15 an hour across the U.S. starting July 5. The company announced plans in September 2017 to raise the minimum hourly wage from $11 to $15 by the end of 2020. Target’s digital sales climb 141%Front-line team members can also expect a one-time recognition bonus of $200 at the end of July “to thank them for providing essential services to our guests throughout the coronavirus pandemic,” according to a press release. Today we’re announcing that we’re permanently increasing our starting pay to $15 per hour for all U.S. team members starting July 5, plus additional benefits. Target currently has 61 jobs available in the San Antonio area, according to the company’s website.
Job losses continue, suburbs appealing to homebuyers
Following are developments Wednesday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus. Target is also giving out one-time bonuses of $200 to reward workers on the front lines of the coronavirus. TRAVEL: Shares of cruise operators are falling Wednesday as Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings announced it's extending its suspension of global cruise voyages to include all trips embarking between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30. The extension applies to all three cruise brands, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Time on market increased by 25% in rural areas, 30% in suburban areas and 35% in urban areas year-over-year.