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Update: Peninsula Target stores removed from temporary closure list

A customer walks by empty shelves of bath tissues at a Target in Mountain View on March 14. The Mountain View location is among those temporarily closing, according to a May 30 press release issued by the company. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

Update: Target updated its list of store closures Sunday and removed Peninsula locations from the list.

Target announced Saturday night that it has temporarily closed dozens of stores throughout the country, including multiple Peninsula locations, following damage and looting at some of its stores nationwide amid protests in response to the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed by Minneapolis police on Monday, May 25.

Floyd died Monday after being pinned to the ground by Derek Chauvin, a white police officer. Bystanders captured video of the officer using his knee to pin down Floyd between his neck and head. Floyd repeatedly said, “I can’t breathe.”

Local Target stores that have temporarily closed include ones in Mountain View, East Palo Alto, Redwood City and San Mateo. It's unclear when they will reopen. Most closures are in California, Minnesota, Texas and New York.

"We are heartbroken by the death of George Floyd and the pain it is causing communities across the country," according to a Target press release. "At this time, we have made the decision to close a number of our stores. We anticipate most stores will be closed temporarily. Our focus will remain on our team members’ safety and helping our community heal."

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Protests continued nationwide on Saturday, including in San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose. Thousands gathered in San Francisco, and as of 8:30 p.m. Saturday night, the protest was peaceful, with many protesters dropping to a knee in the streets while police officers stood by and watched.

In Oakland, where protests of Floyd's killing Friday night left more than 70 downtown businesses vandalized and/or looted, police were beefing up in preparation to respond to protesters Saturday night. By early Saturday night, there had been no reports of violence. San Jose, which also was the scene of a protest Friday night, had not experienced any problems as of early Saturday night.

Protests have been held in major cities throughout the country in the past week, with several turning violent.

Bay City News Service contributed to this report.

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Update: Peninsula Target stores removed from temporary closure list

by / Mountain View Voice

Uploaded: Sat, May 30, 2020, 10:46 pm
Updated: Sun, May 31, 2020, 5:31 pm

Update: Target updated its list of store closures Sunday and removed Peninsula locations from the list.

Target announced Saturday night that it has temporarily closed dozens of stores throughout the country, including multiple Peninsula locations, following damage and looting at some of its stores nationwide amid protests in response to the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed by Minneapolis police on Monday, May 25.

Floyd died Monday after being pinned to the ground by Derek Chauvin, a white police officer. Bystanders captured video of the officer using his knee to pin down Floyd between his neck and head. Floyd repeatedly said, “I can’t breathe.”

Local Target stores that have temporarily closed include ones in Mountain View, East Palo Alto, Redwood City and San Mateo. It's unclear when they will reopen. Most closures are in California, Minnesota, Texas and New York.

"We are heartbroken by the death of George Floyd and the pain it is causing communities across the country," according to a Target press release. "At this time, we have made the decision to close a number of our stores. We anticipate most stores will be closed temporarily. Our focus will remain on our team members’ safety and helping our community heal."

Protests continued nationwide on Saturday, including in San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose. Thousands gathered in San Francisco, and as of 8:30 p.m. Saturday night, the protest was peaceful, with many protesters dropping to a knee in the streets while police officers stood by and watched.

In Oakland, where protests of Floyd's killing Friday night left more than 70 downtown businesses vandalized and/or looted, police were beefing up in preparation to respond to protesters Saturday night. By early Saturday night, there had been no reports of violence. San Jose, which also was the scene of a protest Friday night, had not experienced any problems as of early Saturday night.

Protests have been held in major cities throughout the country in the past week, with several turning violent.

Bay City News Service contributed to this report.

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Jack Hickey
Woodside: Emerald Hills
on May 31, 2020 at 9:24 am
Jack Hickey, Woodside: Emerald Hills
on May 31, 2020 at 9:24 am
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According to the Target Press release, Oakland is the only store in California that has closed.


Jack Hickey
Woodside: Emerald Hills
on May 31, 2020 at 6:06 pm
Jack Hickey, Woodside: Emerald Hills
on May 31, 2020 at 6:06 pm
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Julia Brown / Mountain View Voice included a photo of empty shelves in a Target store back when the COVID -19 panic started. Could this all be part of the unintended consequences of the course of action taken? How severely is the mental health of our nation being impacted?

We need an accounting of who knew what, and when did they know it.
Experts depend on super-computers. What did they feed them, what questions did they ask, what did the computers tell them?


Nonsense Abounds
another community
on May 31, 2020 at 11:07 pm
Nonsense Abounds, another community
on May 31, 2020 at 11:07 pm
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Gee, Hickey -- really? Really?

Just so everyone knows: Using the term "COVID-19 panic" puts you in the company of people who believe in things that are nowhere near rational.

Let that be known.


Jes' sayin'
Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jun 1, 2020 at 6:06 am
Jes' sayin', Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jun 1, 2020 at 6:06 am
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> We need an accounting of who knew what, and when did they know it.

Accountings are a good thing, Mr. Hickey.

Just curious, did you read the recent senate accounting of Russian interference in the 2016 election?

The House's report?

The Mueller report?

Those are factual reports on arguably the most important issue to our democracy. Then you can move on to some consiracy theory about Target and Covd.

You don't even need a "supercomputer". You can use your phone or tablet.

Or a newspaper.


Jack Hickey
Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jun 1, 2020 at 11:19 am
Jack Hickey, Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jun 1, 2020 at 11:19 am
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