South Park residents rally against TargetExpress build

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SAN DIEGO - South Park residents rallied Sunday against plans to build a TargetExpress in their neighborhood.

National retailer Target Corp. plans to open a TargetExpress store in South Park in July. The express store is expected to replace the old Gala Foods site.

The store would offer fresh produce, a pharmacy, beauty products and other goods. The TargetExpress will fill 19,000 square feet of space formerly occupied by the supermarket.

Dozens of residents argue the corporate store would cause South Park to lose its charm and unique attributes. They claim it would also drive up costs of rent and push out independent businesses.

The group who protested the new box store expressed their desire to create a South Park Town Council to act as a watchdog group.

Those in favor of the new store said it’s about economic development.

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