Target will open its downtown Denver store on July 22

Denver City Council approved a $4 million business incentive package to lure Target to the 16th Street Mall last year.

Rendering of a new Target store on the 16th Street Mall. (Courtesy of the city of Denver)

Rendering of a new Target store on the 16th Street Mall. (Courtesy of the city of Denver)

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Downtown Denver is getting its long-awaited Target — and the retailer’s first small-format store — before the end of the month.

Doors open on the 16th Street Mall location right on the corner of California Street at 8 a.m. July 22.

There will be an in-store celebration that day with free reusable shopping bags for the first 1,000 customers.

The 30,000-square-foot Target (which, again, is small for a Target) is the company’s first shot at wedging a store into a crowded urban area. It’ll have apparel, accessories, home décor, health and beauty products, electronics, tech accessories and “Colorado-specific products.” We’ll let you know if and when we figure out what that means. It’ll also have a CVS Pharmacy and a food selection including produce, snacks and grab-and-go items.

Denver City Council in February of last year approved a $4 million business incentive package to lure Target to the mall. That’s more than three times Denver’s annual budget for business incentives.

The store will employ about 80 people, and Target is going to give $6,000 in grants to three local nonprofits this July.

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