Richmond Target reopens after arson fire

Richmond Target plans July reopening after arson fire
Target at 4500 Macdonald Ave. in Richmond.

By Mike Kinney 

The Richmond Target store reopened Sunday after being closed for several weeks due to an arson fire, an employee informed the Standard.

Extensive cleanup and the restocking of inventory was needed due to the fire inside the store, which Target spokesperson Brian Harper-Tibaldo said was not devasting but caused smoke damage.

The fire occurred in an aisle of the store in the 4500 block of Macdonald Avenue on Thursday, June 16. The automatic sprinkler system at the store helped keep an arson fire in the store “small and nearly extinguished,” according to Richmond Firefighters Local 188. Fire crews handled the rest and determined that the fire was intentionally set. There were no injuries. There were no immediate updates on the investigation into the blaze.

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The Richmond Target aims to expand.

Target is seeking Design Review permit from the city to “construct a drive-up service area and expand an employee area in the garden center space that will be demolished.” 

According to city documents, plans involve constructing an 8,000 square foot

building by converting an existing 12,000-plus square foot garden center into storage. 

Currently, the architect for the project is moving the architectural plans for the expansion and renovation, the city said.