San Francisco Target store plans on track for October debut

San Francisco’s long-awaited Target store is expected to be open for business by October, with construction beginning in January.

The Target is planned for the Metreon Center, in South of Market. Target will begin renovating the building’s interior this winter, after the property owner, the Westfield Group, completes its portion of the construction, Target spokeswoman Mya Walters said.

Meanwhile, plans for a second Target in the Richmond district are moving through The City’s permitting process.

Project planners were last before the Planning Commission in August, when the project secured permits for signs.

Walters could not provide details about that project’s construction timeline or opening date.

The Richmond Target is planned for the City Center at Geary Boulevard and Masonic Avenue. The building currently houses a Best Buy, Payless Shoes and Office Depot.

Residents have expressed some concerns about traffic and parking, but most seem in support of the project, said Michael Helquist, who writes the blog Bike NoPa about issues in the neighborhood.

“There is ongoing concern about the volume of traffic the Target may generate, especially on Masonic, but people are also aware that we don’t want empty storefronts and we would certainly welcome new jobs at the site,” he said.

The Metreon Target will be the anchor store of the mall, which is undergoing a $30 million renovation.

sgantz@sfexaminer.com

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