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Target's closings because of crime protect its profit, but at expense of communities and customers

Target painted New York City red and white in 2010 when it opened its East Harlem location, its first permanent store in Manhattan, after years of courting and anticipation from locals.

Target mascot Bullseye rang the New York Stock Exchange opening bell, and the retailer's ads splashed across Times Square, double-decker buses and subways.

But now the Harlem Target, in a shopping complex along the Harlem River, is one of nine in Seattle, Portland and the San Francisco Bay Area that the Minneapolis-based retailer will close Oct. 21. Target announced the swath of closures last week with a stark news release, citing theft and safety as the reason. Target declined to provide further comment outside of the original release.


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