Target is considering opening a new location in West Hartford.
The West Hartford Town Planner’s Office said the retailer applied for a minor façade and signage change to a building that once housed a Walmart in Bishop’s Corner. The application indicates interest in the location, but no lease has been signed.
Target told NBC Connecticut “we are pursuing the opportunity to reach guests in the Bishops Corner neighborhood, but at this time, we’re not at a point where we can share any new store plans.”
Walmart vacated the space more than two years ago. Neighboring businesses have wondered what might take its place.
“People are always asking geez is something going in there it would be nice if something was there,” said Gary Dahms, owner of Salons by JC. “Because there was a Walmart grocery store which built traffic and since they've been gone, it's been missed ever since that day.”
Even though there is already a Target nearby in New Britain, people are still excited about the possibility of a new location.
“That would be amazing. Target, even though it's close, it's not that close. It takes a long time to get across town. There's always construction,” said Michelle Hollander of West Hartford.
Those who spoke with NBC Connecticut didn’t seem to think a Target would have a major impact on traffic in the area where a Walmart once stood.
The town planner is expected to approve Target’s signage application at the next Town Council Meeting.