Target store closures to unfairly impact regions

Target has announced it will close more than a dozen stores in rural and regional NSW, which will make it even harder for families to buy clothes and toys for their children, as well as essentials for the home. In many cases, this will force people to drive an hour or more to buy these everyday items, making life even harder for people in the regions.

We need you to lend your voice to the campaign to keep these stores open, to make Target realise that people in the regions need and deserve access to affordable everyday items.

Keep regional Target stores open

Statement from Michael Johnsen, Member for Upper Hunter

“It is very disappointing that Wesfarmers, a business with a rural and regional history and focus should now abandon its roots and forget how it became successful to date.

“The Scone store is set to close in early to mid-2021 and this is a real kick in the face to a dedicated and supportive community.

“I will be writing to Wesfarmers to express our community’s voice and push to have the decision reversed.

“We can only try and appeal to the community spirit of the people running a business born from a rural and regional base.

“I understand business and what is required, short term profits are only one consideration in making such decisions about the future of such an important community business.”

Stores set to close include:

Armidale (early-mid 2021)
Casino Retail Centre (early-mid 2021)
Cooma (early-mid 2021)
Cootamundra (early-mid 2021)
Corowa (early-mid 2021)
Deniliquin (early-mid 2021)
Forbes (early-mid 2021)
Goonellabah (early 2021)

Leeton (early 2021)
Merimbula (early-mid 2021)
Murgon (early-mid 2021)
Murwillumbah (early 2021)
Narrabri (early-mid 2021)
Scone (early-mid 2021)
Wagga Wagga (early-mid 2021)
Winmalee (early-mid 2021)