Canton Target opening next fall

In less than a year, there will be a Target in Canton.

The discount chain announced this week that it will be opening a 135,000 square foot store in the Canton Crossing shopping center in October 2013.

The store will have groceries in addition to the "everyday essentials" that Target is known for, the company said in a statement.

The Canton Crossing center, off Boston Street between Baylis and South Haven streets, will have two anchors (Target is one) and is expected to have 30 businesses in all -- including seven or eight restaurants and a bank branch, according to the developer, Chesapeake Real Estate Group LLC.

The only Target currently within the city limits is at Mondawmin Mall, in northwest Baltimore. There are also Target outlets in Towson, Glen Burnie, Pikesville and Middle River.

Target has plans to open 14 stores next year, the company's statement said. About 200 people will be hired to work at the Canton location; hiring will begin about two months before the opening date.

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