Old Elk River Target gets a new look

Work crews ripped into the former Target store to make way for Ashley Furniture HomeStore, a Furniture Mart and a Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts store.

Work to transform Furniture Liquidators into an Ashley Furniture HomeStore, a Furniture Mart and a Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts store began last week.
Work crews ripped into the north end of the building, so Furniture Outlets USA, which owns the space, can begin the transformation of the former Elk River Target.
A sign out in front of the commercial building states Jo-Ann will open this winter in 2011.
Overall plans for the old Target store that went before the city of Elk River call for dividing it up and having three main entrances.
“It will be a very substantial investment. Just the facade is going to be a total makeover from what’s existing there,” Gordy Wallenstein, the president of Furniture Outlets USA said. “It’s going to be a beautiful addition to that center.”
The Ashley Furniture HomeStore is expected to carry  all Ashley furniture. Ashley is the largest home furnishings manufacturer and retailer in the world, according to Wallenstein.
Furniture Mart is expected to carry a full line of furniture with various brands including Lane and Broyhill. The old Target entrance would become the Furniture Mart entrance.
The former Target building is currently a furniture liquidation center for the company, and it’s run out of a warehouse atmosphere.
The Target store opened in Elk River in 1995 at 19146 Freeport Ave., in what was then the new Elk Park Center shopping center. The Elk River Target closed in October 2008. A new SuperTarget store opened a few days later in Otsego.

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