Target plans to open new small-format stores in Cambridge and Burlington next year, the retail giant announced Monday.
The stores will be located in the Porter Square Galleria in Cambridge and on Route 3A in Burlington, inside the Interstate 95 loop.
The Porter Square store will have about 28,000 square feet of space, and the Burlington store will have about 46,000 square feet. Both are far smaller than typical Targets. Target’s store in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston, for instance, boasts 160,000 square feet of shopping space.
Both new stores plan to have 75 employees and include a CVS pharmacy.
The company already has several small-format stores in the area, including Packard’s Corner in Boston and Central Square in Cambridge. The company also plans to open stores in Roslindale in March and Medford in July.
The retailer is slated to have 130 small-format stores by the end of 2019.
“Target will be able to serve thousands more guests in the Boston area in 2018 with shopping experiences unique to each neighborhood,” Mark Schindele, senior vice president of Target Properties, said in a statement.
On social media, Cambridge residents were divided over the new store in Porter Square. Some said they were looking forward to a new Target, but others said it would threaten smaller businesses.
“Wouldn’t it have been better if the city forced the owner to break the space into five smaller spaces for lease so small, locally owned businesses could afford to move in?” asked Bryan Sutton. “Now the shops in Porter Square have to compete with Target.”Natasha Mascarenhas can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @nmasc_.