First urban SuperTarget in the country to include 20 percent minorities in construction workforce

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Contractors who build the country’s first urban SuperTarget in St. Paul’s Midway will include 20 percent minorities in their construction workforce. That was among several agreements Target Corp. signed on May 24 when the City Council unanimously approved its parking-lot plan.

The giant retailer also agreed to seek people from the surrounding neighborhoods to double its staff by an estimated 200 new employees. The company will donate $200,000 to community-based policing, and will landscape the parking lot with trees and a covered walkway.

City Council Members Debbie Montgomery and Jay Benanav negotiated the concessions in response to community concerns.

But some community groups still see Target as a danger to the neighborhood, because its addition of a large non-unionized grocery department may deal a blow to union jobs at the nearby Rainbow Foods and Cub Foods.

Target plans to demolish the adjacent Sheraton Four Points hotel soon and start building its new “super” store there. The existing Target store will stay open until construction is finished in a couple of years.

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