Last month, Target announced it would be coming to Highland Park with its new, small-footprint test store, but didn't say exactly where. TargetExpress stores are roughly one-sixth the size of a traditional Target, and one-ninth the size of a SuperTarget.
The original announcement fueled some neighborhood chatter, including whether the Barnes and Noble site was large enough to handle the traffic at what is already a busy intersection at Ford Parkway and Cleveland Ave.
Barnes and Noble has been a popular fixture in the neighborhood for years, and it remains in business for now. But like many mass booksellers -- including the now-defunct Borders -- its corporate parent has been fighting the loss of business to Internet booksellers. Barnes and Noble has been closing stores elsewhere.
TargetExpress remains a test concept for Target Corp., a Minneapolis-based discounter that until now has always relied on big-box stores, typically on large tracts of land that can accommodate vast parking lots.
Last month Target opened its first TargetExpress store in the Dinkytown neighborhood near the University of Minnesota. That 20,000-square-foot store carries a good assortment of health and beauty products, snacks, smartphones and portable electronics along with some food -- but very little clothing and few toys.