SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Queen City will be getting its second Target store in a new shopping district if city council votes it through and Target approves the plan.
The shopping district, called the Sunshine Towne Center, would be built on the southeast corner of West Sunshine and West Bypass, according to Springfield City Council.
City council held the first reading of a bill to enter into an agreement with the developer. Outside of the meeting, the city’s Twitter page published a surprise detail:
“Anchor tenant in development would be Target.”
Some Springfield residents in the area say they are not happy about the continued growth of the west side.
“I wish it would stop, to be real,” said Mildred White. “It’s too big over here. Find somewhere else, like on the north side where they need to rebuild.”
Others say that growth is a good thing.
“Yeah, growth is good for the economy, the way I understand it anyway.” Walter Laymon said. “There’s a lot of potential for Springfield and Republic and Ozark.”
The shopping center will also have room for several other national retailers, but those have not yet been named. The new Target will be 150,000 square feet large. This means it will not be as large as a Super Target but will be larger than the existing Target on South Glenstone.
The developer, Thomas Walker, said he hopes this shopping center will bring other retailers to the area.
“This has been the worst kept secret that I’ve ever had in Springfield,” Walker said at the city council meeting, “So news travels fast. But I want to make sure one thing everyone understands is that we still have a lot of work to do.”
During the city council meeting, it was revealed the existing Target in Springfield is the busiest one in Missouri.
This new Target is expected to bring in 140 construction jobs, with a few hundred more once the store opens.
OzarksFirst has reached out to Target but has not received a reply.
City council’s next vote on the development issue will be June 26.