Target closes six stores in response to protests

Target closes six stores in response to protests
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Target is closing six stores across the country in response to protests over the death of George Floyd that at times have turned violent. 

The retailer announced Sunday the stores would shut in an effort to prioritize the safety of workers and customers. 

“We recognize the important role we play in helping our communities shop for the food, medicine and other essentials they need. We apologize for the inconvenience and will reopen our stores on their normally scheduled hours as soon as it is safe to do so,” Target said in a statement

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The company said it is temporarily shutting the following six Target locations: Broadway Oakland, Buckhead South Atlanta, South Loop Chicago, Lake Street Minneapolis, Uptown Minneapolis, and Washington Square W. Philadelphia. 

“We’re providing community support and prioritizing the rebuilding of our Lake Street store, which is near where George Floyd was killed,” Target said. 

Target said its goal is to reopen the Lake Street location, which was ransacked last week, in late 2020. 

The retailer said teams are working to provide basic first aid supplies, water and essentials through partnerships with local nonprofits. 

Protests have occurred in cities across the country over Floyd’s death. In some cities and states, the National Guard has been deployed and curfews have been implemented in response to protests which have at times turned violent. 

Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody last week. A video widely shared of his arrest shows an officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck as Floyd says he can’t breathe. 

Ex-officer Derek Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree man slaughter. He and three other officers were fired from the department, but the other officers have not been charged.