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8th Avenue became a vibrant hub as the long-awaited Target opened its doors at 6401 18th Avenue. This 20,400-square-foot store, originally the Walker Theater, now showcases restored gilded friezes, preserving the site's historical essence. Senior Group Vice President Tony Roman, a Bensonhurst local, emphasized the community-driven selection of merchandise tailored to residents' preferences, including Asian and Kosher groceries, ensuring a personalized shopping experience.
Reflecting the borough's rich tapestry, the store honors Bensonhurst's diversity with a thoughtfully curated inventory. Evergreene Architectural Arts painstakingly restored the old theater's friezes, echoing the community's sentiments of preserving cultural heritage. Councilmember Mark Treyger praised the store's aesthetics and its pivotal role in enhancing the neighborhood's retail landscape, eliminating the need for long drives to access a Target.
Brooklyn Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna applauded Target's inclusivity, matching Brooklyn's cultural mosaic by catering to diverse tastes. She lauded the restoration efforts for respecting the borough's history and acknowledged the store's unique community space, developed with locals' input, as a testament to community engagement.
Operating from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and till 11 p.m. on Saturdays, the store boasts about 80 employees and pioneers a convenient same-day delivery service, introduced first at the Tribeca store in 2017. Target’s commitment to embracing Bensonhurst’s essence and preferences has not just marked a significant retail addition but a celebration of community spirit.