Orange County’s first small-format Target opened this week across from UC Irvine.
The 20,000-square-foot store, tucked between a Chipotle Mexican Grill and Blaze Pizza in the University Center off Campus Drive, replaces a 24 Hour Fitness.
Target officials said the store is among 45 nationwide that are significantly smaller than a typical Target, which can span 120,000 square feet.
The format is helping the Minneapolis-based retail chain break into denser urban and suburban markets that don’t have the space for a full-size Target.
At the UCI-area store, many product offerings are geared to the community . Hence, given the college-age crowd, children’s clothing...