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TARGET STORES EXPANDS SEARCH FOR UTAH SITES

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Target Stores, a national discount-store subsidiary of Dayton Hudson Corp., is widening its search for possible northern Utah locations.

Target began looking last year for four Utah locations but now is interested in at least eight sites from Ogden to Orem."We're not talking yet about any specific number or type of stores in Utah," said Carolyn Brookter, spokeswoman for the Minneapolis-based chain. "But we are moving forward with several projects there."

City planners in communities inspected by Target say the firm wants to open stores in the 170,000- to 180,000-square-foot range.

That size store fits with the company's new "Super Target Store" format that offers groceries along with other general merchandise. The company opened the first store of that type in Omaha in March.

In Sandy, site preparation is under way for a more than 180,000-square-foot Super Target Store near the South Towne Center, according to the city's planning department.

Target also has received clearance from Centerville for a similar store at Parrish Lane near the Interstate 15 exit.

Target will go before the Orem City Council on June 13 for rezoning approval of property near Center Street and Orem Boulevard, said Bob Moore, planning division manager. The site would accommodate a 177-000 square-foot store.

Target also has expressed interest in sites in Layton, West Jordan and West Valley City.

In addition, Target may be looking at sites in Ogden on Riverdale Road and a site in Salt Lake's Fort Union area.