CASA GRANDE — As residents rally on social media behind the hope of bringing back Target, a representative says that there is no new-store news to share at the moment.

Brian Kellar, who serves as the second vice chair for the Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce, said in a Facebook post that the owners of The Promenade at Casa Grande have been at the table with Target leadership.

“As a nice emphasis, look soon for community petition. They’ve gotten the attention and engagement of Target’s leaders who have begun to reevaluate the shifting economics of this region for a building they already own,” Kellar said in the Facebook group.

“Another point of clarity — REALLY early to welcome Target back — but the push is direct, it’s on, and it is catching their attention,” Kellar said. “As soon as the Promenade leaders have the petition put together, I have no doubt the good John McGuire would have it posted here faster than a turn lane arrow light.”

The Facebook group Casa Grande Local Government & Economic Improvement Discussion is moderated by McGuire and allows the community to engage in Facebook posts about local government and development.

“We are continuously exploring possible locations for future stores, but we have no new-store news to share,” Target representative Jill Lewis said.

In November of 2015 it was reported that the Target at the Promenade would close its doors after the holiday season.

At the time, it was reported that the decision to close a store is typically the result of decreasing profitability over several years. The Target had opened back in 2007, when the mall was new.

According to a press release from Target in March, it will accelerate some new store openings and store remodels.

“Following 30 store openings in 2020, including adding a record 29 new small-format stores in a single year, Target plans to accelerate the pace and open 30-40 new stores each year to meet community needs in urban centers, college campuses and dense suburban cities across the county,” says the press release.

Since 2015, development in Casa Grande has continued to see an increase in residents. When the 2030 General Plan was being presented, city officials said two homes would have to be built every day from now until 2030 to accommodate the number of people expected to move to Casa Grande over the next 10 years.

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Gabrielle Olivera is the Casa Grande reporter at PinalCentral, covering government, schools, business and more.