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Target picks Northern Liberties for next small-format store

Opening July 2018

Another small-format Target store is setting up shop in Northern Liberties.
Rendering courtesy of Alliance HSP

They just keep comin’: Another Target is opening in Philly, this time in Northern Liberties.

Developer Alliance HSP announced today that Target plans to open a 47,000-square-foot store at 6th and Spring Garden in July 2018. It will set up shop alongside the future Yards Brewing Company and the Philadelphia Department of Records and Archives, both of which are expected to move in and open later this year.

All three tenants will be part of Alliance’s project called SoNo, which will convert the former Destination Maternity warehouse into a mixed-use development. That adaptive reuse project was announced in 2015.

The current site plan for the redevelopment of the Destiny Maternity Warehouse.

When it opens next year, this location will be Target’s fifth small-format store in Philly, joining Rittenhouse Square, Washington Square West, Roxborough, and the Art Museum, which will open this October. These stores tend to have a mix of all of the usual departments like groceries, clothing, beauty, home decor, but they’re slightly more curated.

The news comes fresh on the heels of the announcement that Yards Brewing Company had signed on as a major tenant at SoNo. According to Matt Handel, director of leasing at Alliance HSP, at the end of 2016 they expected that the remainder of available space would be leased by smaller retail and office tenants.

“That all changed in early 2017 when we connected with Target,” Handel said in a statement. “Once Target determined that the site worked for them, both sides moved quickly to complete the lease.”