Target announced Friday that it will open a new store at the former Huntington Townhouse site in October, bringing about 250 permanent positions and, by some estimates, 100 construction jobs.
"It's creating a lot of temporary engineering and construction jobs," said David Pennetta, president of the Commercial Industrial Brokers Society of Long Island and a member of the Town of Huntington Planning Board. "It's also creating long-term permanent jobs. And you've got real estate taxes and sales taxes on what they sell."
Target purchased the 18-acre property from Lowe's, the Mooresville, N.C., home improvement chain, for $33.25 million in October, according to Suffolk County records. In 2007, Lowe's bought the site, which had once housed the Huntington Townhouse catering hall, for a reported $35 million to build a new store. Lowe's scrapped its plans last year after clearing a number of hurdles in the town's planning process.
The Huntington Station store will be 150,000 square feet, one of the larger stores in the area, said Sarah Van Nevel, a Target spokeswoman. The store will include produce, meat and prepackaged baked goods in addition to apparel, electronics and personal care and household goods.
"Target is adding more daily, needed products," said Marshal Cohen, retail analyst with the NPD Group, the Port Washington-based market research firm. "The more convenient they can make it, the more impulsive they can make it, the greater opportunity they will have to be a part of the daily purchases consumers make."
The retail chain said it will host job fairs for prospective employees about two months before it opens. About three months before the location debuts, job candidates also can apply online at Target.com/careers or kiosks at Target locations, the company said.