PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- Though it doesn't officially open until Wednesday, the ribbon was cut on the new Portland Galleria City Target shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Mayor Charlie Hales was there, along with Gregg Kantor of the Portland Business Alliance, the group director of Target in Seattle/Portland Bill Frerichs and new employees at the store. Former Portland Mayor Sam Adams also attended the ribbon cutting.
This Target at 939 SW Morrison will be a scaled-down version of full-size Targets, including groceries, electronics, a pharmacy, cosmetics and a Starbucks. It's geared toward the 90,000 working professionals in the central city and the 12,000 people who live in downtown Portland.
"There was a need to sort of revitalize the area, become a part of this beautiful old building," said Target spokesperson Erika Winkle of the Galleria Building, which once housed the "Olds, Wortman & King" department store. "And Target's done a great job honoring its historic nature."
The new Target store is expected to bring in 200 jobs. Construction on the 89,000-square foot, two-story store in the historic Galleria Building began last year. Target's official city-center grand opening is set for Sunday, though the store will open for business at 7 a.m. Wednesday.
A spokesperson for Portland Business Alliance said the store's opening is also part of a five-year plan to revitalize the city's core -- with 36 stores opening this year alone. Those stores include the Microsoft store on SW Yamhill at 4th Avenue, which opened in June.
There's "Tori Burch, Michael Kors, Microsoft, the store that we're in today, several restaurants including Tasty n Alder, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse," Lisa Frisch with the Portland Business Alliance lists off while at the Target store ribbon cutting Tuesday.
Construction is underway at 4th and Yamhill at the site of what will be an Apple store later this year. Officials with the business alliance said downtowns are meant to be a mix of national, local, high-end and affordable shops.
"Downtown Portland is the best regional shopping destination," Fisch said. "We've got the best mix of locals and national."
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