Target plans to hire approximately 125 people at its new store in the Hamilton Quarter mixed-use development near Hamilton Road and state Route 161 in Columbus, according to company spokeswoman Jacqueline DeBuse.

The store is expected to open next year.

"We currently operate 15 stores in the Columbus area, with Columbus-New Albany being our 16th store, and know there is still a compelling opportunity to reach additional guests living in the Columbus metro area -- ones who may not have easy access to our current locations," DeBuse said.

Casto's Hamilton Quarter development will be just west of New Albany's city limits.

The Target will be on the east side of Hamilton Road, south of Route 161 and north of Dublin-Granville Road, according to an image of the development that was posted on castoinfo.com.

No address was available because, DeBuse said, "the development is not yet built."

The land near Hamilton Road and Route 161 is close to the boundaries of both the New Albany-Plain Local School District and the Columbus City Schools.

The Target will be in the Columbus district, according to Scott Varner, spokesman for Columbus City Schools.

Site work for Target and adjacent retail businesses in the Hamilton Quarter will begin this fall, said Eric Leibowitz, director of development for Casto.

Target is slated to open during the second half of 2019, he said.

"As an organization, we are very proud of our relationship with Target and the key role this full-size store will play in the Hamilton Quarter project," Casto partner Don Casto said in a written statement. "Casto is thrilled to be partnering with Target again, and we look forward to seeing Target, along with additional retail and restaurants, open in 2019 as integral components to this unique mixed-use development."

When asked about the new development, Jennifer Chrysler, New Albany's community-development director, commented in relation to the project's traffic impact.

"We always have a thoroughfare component to our strategic plan," she said. "This component is developed based on extensive review of traffic volumes and impact of potential developments around us. We develop strategies, i.e. roundabouts, multiple points of connectivity, sequential timing of intersection lights, to manage impact to our community."

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