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Target will hire 150 for Sawmill Parkway store

October opening set for location

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Target announced Friday, Jan. 17, it will hire about 150 employees for its Sawmill Parkway location, set to open in October.

Target will be the anchor store at the planned Shoppes at Wedgewood development at 10600 Sawmill Parkway.

The site went through the zoning process in Liberty Township before Powell City Council adopted an ordinance annexing the 60.23-acre plot into the city earlier this month. That ordinance goes into effect the second week of February.

According to a news release from Target, the roughly 130,000-square-foot store will include a pharmacy and a Starbucks.

"Columbus is an important market for Target," Samir Shah, Target's senior vice president of stores in the eastern region, said in a statement. "We're thrilled to bring 150 new jobs to the community and service even more guests when our Liberty Township store opens this October."

Target did not respond to a request for information on how many of the roughly 150 new jobs would be full-time positions.

According to Target, the company will begin accepting applications for jobs at the location about two months before the store opens.

Job-seekers will be able to apply for open positions at kiosks in other Target stores. The company also plans to host jobs fairs for prospective employees, but dates and locations have not been announced.

The city of Powell has estimated the store's annual payroll at $3 million.

The roughly 60-acre site that was annexed by the city of Powell has been the subject of big-box development discussions for years.

Wedgewood Ltd. Partnership attempted to bring a Walmart store to the site in the early 2000s, but Liberty Township denied a rezoning request for the development. The township fought a lengthy, costly legal battle to prevent the store's construction before settling out of court with the developer.

The proposed Walmart would have been about 220,000 square feet -- about 90,000 square feet bigger than the planned Target. The Walmart proposal also called for the construction of a Murphy gas station; the Target proposal features outlots for tenants that have not yet been announced.

Target spokeswoman Stefanie Mohr wrote via email that input from area residents and local officials came into play when Target was planning the store's size and design.

"When deciding upon the Liberty Township location, we worked closely with local officials and guests to develop the type of store that will complement and support the community's needs," she said. "The type of store we'll build is determined by factors such as anticipated sales volume, site constraints and the specific needs of a community."

The annexed site also includes a Mount Carmel Health System location that has space available for further expansion. A proposal to build an urgent-care facility on the site has been discussed, but no timetable has been announced for the project.

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