Target’s Coming

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By: Connor Lenahan

Pictured above is one of my favorite parts of my hometown – Target. In some ways having a store like Target high on my list of “Great Features of Waverly/Clarks Summit, PA” is a bit sad, but that would only be to those that have never been to Target before. Because everyone I know from home and/or every regular patron of the store I know that currently here at Boston University agrees that Target is a place designed and maintained by a higher power. It is literally a gift from the heavens. It is perfection. It is home. Target is life.

I’m not exaggerating when I say that every trip home from school I have made since moving to BU in August 2013 has included at least two trips to our local Target if not many more. It became a fairly regular tradition to go to Target on the weekends for groceries. This was routinely a highlight of my week. Naysayers will question my quality of life if this was a moment of peak happiness. They don’t understand that Target is the flippin’ bomb.

Today I was poking about online when I came across a link that made my heart skip enough beats that CPR was entering my mindset. How could it not when it was news like Boston Magazine was reporting?

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This is when I started crying, and celebrating, and sobbing, and screaming, and bawling, and giggling excitedly. I’ve been to a few CityTargets before – especially one in Los Angeles on vacation more than a few times. While they are billed as being the bite size equivalent to Target’s full bar size stores they more than give the same wonderful joy to the world than other miniature versions of stores. The CityTarget is opening in 2015 so I’m going to start camping out to be the first one in the store this week. I’m all in.

As it stands now the only Target anywhere close to my fellow attendees of Boston U and I is in Watertown – a considerable amount of distance for a university that doesn’t really encourage students to have cars. It’s accessible, but not as easily as everyone and I would like. Now this beautiful gift in the form of CityTarget will be placed right in the same neighborhood as the local Regal Movie Theater, Tasty Burger, Chipotle, and Fenway Park. This means that I could comfortably walk from a finished class to this wonderful place of wonder in less than ten minutes. Just typing that restores all of my faith in humanity. It’s quickly approaching the end of the year – didn’t that go by quick? – meaning with every passing second we are closer to having a Target geographically closer to us than the Prudential Center. Rejoice, amazing things are right around the corner – as are savings on brand name items.