Thursday, October 18, 2007

Compton hits a bullseye with new Target

Tuesday Oct 9, 2007 marked the opening of Compton's first Target. The celebration included performances by the Compton High School marching band, cheerleaders and dance squad, the Compton Children's Choir, and Brothers in Harmony, an all male singing group.

The Mayor and council members were in attendance, as well as hundreds of Compton's citizens, who were eager to start the shopping frenzy. The support shown by all in attendance was a great sign. It shows us how badly we've wanted to be able to shop in our own backyard. When the shopping started, it seemed to take mere seconds before all the carts vanished from their stalls. The isles were congested like the 405 freeway. Where I would usually think to myself, "This place is too packed right now." the congestion in Target was beautiful.The check out lines, although full, moved quickly enough that you didn't feel like you were in line forever. I was greeted by more Target associates on that day than I'd ever been greeted before at any other Target.

Seeing someone I know personally shopping in Compton was a shock to me. I've seen many people I know or recognize from my neighborhood in the Lakewood and Cerritos malls, but never this close to home. Seeing them gave me the feeling of a tight knit community, a closeness I'd never felt before, and I loved it.

Good things come to those who wait, is an old proverb my parents told me. If this is any indication of the good things that are in store for Compton, wait I will.


chryshel said...

I'm embarrassed to say I've been to the new store at least five times since 10/11. I didn't know it had opened early...I went to the Home Depot opening and noticed people coming out of Target with shopping bags. I have to agree that more people tried to help me at the Compton store than all other stores I've gone to in past few years combined...I liked that. I'm disappointed that a few have already tried to shoplift, but the zero-tolerance policy is definitely in full effect. It's reassuring to see everyone working very hard to ensure the success of Gateway. I'll definitely do my part. Now, if we can just find another tenant for the old K-Mart (Levitz, Kohl's, Barnes & Noble) that would be great.

The Compton Conservative said...

Don't be embarrassed, that's what it's there for. Every dollar you spend there helps the city with sales tax revenue. Also, last year Target donated $70,000 to the Compton Unified School District to develop its Visual and Performing Arts programs. As far as the shoplifting is concerned we knew it would happen, unfortunately. The zero tolerance policy is a great policy towards crime prevention and I'm glad Mayor Perrodin is taking that approach. I would love to see a Barnes & Noble in the place of the old K-Mart building. Don't spend all your money on Target now, we've got the Best Buy opening on the 26th! Hope you can make it.

chryshel said...

I won't be able to make it for the "official" opening from 8-10 because of work, but I will be there later in the evening. I've been trying to hold out until the opening to buy some audio equipment and music. I'm encouraged overall by your enthusiasm; it's contagious.