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A Brief Timeline of Target December 1, 2008

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1902: George D. Dayton opens Goodfellows in downtown Minneapolis.

1903: Dayton Dry Goods Company is founded. In 1911 it becomes The Dayton Company.

1918: The Dayton Foundation is created with a $1 million endowment. In 1969 it is renamed The Dayton Hudson Foundation and in 2000 is renamed the Target Foundation.

1968:The Target bullseye logo is redesigned to its current appearance.

1979: Target stores reach $1 billion in annual sales.

1990: The Dayton Hudson Corporation acquires Marshall Field’s department stores.

1995: Target stores introduce its first store credit card. In 2001 the Target® Visa® is introduced. Today, all are part of the REDcardSM family of products.

1995: The first SuperTarget® store opens in Omaha, Nebraska.


1997: Take Charge of Education® is introduced, which allows guests to donate up to 1% of REDcard purchases to a K-12 school of their choice.

1999: Target House® opens in Memphis, Tennessee, providing long-term housing for families of children receiving life-saving treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

2000: The Dayton Hudson Corporation is renamed Target Corporation.

2001: On July 29, Target opens its 1,000th store.

2004: Marshall Field’s and Mervyn’s are sold.

2006: Target Corporation reaches a historic landmark of $1 billion in total giving from 1902-2006.

2008: Team Target Indy Car driver Scott Dixon wins the Indianapolis 500.

*This Timeline was adapted directly from Target.com: Timeline


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Photo Credits:

-Car photo: http://tinyurl.com/59573a

-Super Target photo: http://tinyurl.com/5sre5o

-George D. Dayton Photo: http://tinyurl.com/5c5m6p


One Response to “A Brief Timeline of Target”

  1. I must say this is a great article i enjoyed reading it keep the good work 🙂

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