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Target Is Closing Its East Harlem Store Due to "Theft and Organized Retail Crime"

Updated: Sep 29, 2023


Target Is Closing Its East Harlem Store Due to "Theft and Organized Retail Crime"
The Target in East Harlem is closing due to theft.

Target is closing its East Harlem location due to "theft and organized retail crime," the retailer announced yesterday.


It is one of nine stores across four states (but the only one in NYC) set to close because of theft, which is "threatening the safety of our team and guests, and contributing to unsustainable business performance," the company said in its statement.


The location at 517 E 117th Street, which opened in the East River Plaza shopping center in 2010, will shut its doors for good by October 21.


Target Is Closing Its East Harlem Store Due to "Theft and Organized Retail Crime"
Target opened in the East River Plaza in 2010.

Meanwhile, the retailer is continuing with its plans to open a new location in the almost-complete Urban League Empowerment Center, a 414,000-square-foot development at 121 W 125 Street between Lenox Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard in Central Harlem.


Target lists its 125th Street store on its Upcoming Store Openings page and mentions it will be about 44,000 square feet—about the size of its small-format stores.


The retailer also debuted a small-format store at 602 W 181st Street and St. Nicholas Avenue in Washington Heights two years ago. That locations remains open.




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