A Facebook event for a candlelight vigil was created following the announcement of Hutchinson, Kansas’ only Target closing
As of now, 128 people have said they are going and another 370 are interested
The candlelight vigil will be held on February 2, the evening before the store is set to close
2017 was a record breaking year for retail stores closing as online shopping continues to grow
Following the announcement that the only Target in Hutchinson, Kansas will be closing on February 3, a Facebook event, appropriately titled “Candlelight Vigil for Target,” was started to hold a vigil at the store on February 2.
Surely the event was started as a joke, but as of now, 128 marked that they are going, and another 370 are “Interested” in attending according to the Facebook event page.
The details of the event simply read:
Gathering to corporately mourn the loss of our beloved Target. Meet at 7pm in the Target parking lot.
BYOC – Bring your own candles
The Hutchinson News
The Hutchinson store is the only Target closing in Kansas during this quarter, although a few other stores are closing around the country. When The Hutchinson News broke the bad news on their Facebook page, the post received over 200 comments and over 1,300 shares.
Officials at Target headquarters in Minneapolis cited “decreasing profitability” as a primary reason for the store closing. On average, the Hutchinson Target employs 76 full and part-time employees.
We have a rigorous process in place to evaluate the performance of every store on an annual basis, closing or relocating underperforming locations as needed. Typically, a store is closed as a result of seeing several years of decreasing profitability.
Currently, retail stores across the country are doing their best to compete with online shopping. CNN reported that 2017 marked the announcement of the most stores closing on record. More than 6,700 stores plan on closing their doors beating the 2008 record of 6,163. Walgreens alone announced they would be closing around 600 of their stores.
As many as 8,600 retail stores are expected to close by the end of the year. Over 300 retailers have had to claim bankruptcy this year. Online shopping appears to be playing a major role in declining retail stores ability to profit as more people are stolen by the ease and affordability of ordering from the comfort of their own home.
The Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce has said they will reach out to the corporation to see if there is anything the locals can do to keep the store open. Unfortunately for loyal Target shoppers in Hutchinson, these decisions generally have a decent amount of research and data behind them.