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19 November, 2021


TARGET Australia reopened its doors in Cairns Central Shopping Centre on November 18 in time for the easing of restrictions in 17 December and the Christmas shopping.

By Isabella Guzman Gonzalez

Image Toby Stanley:Cairns Central Target Team.

Cairns Acting Mayor Terry James said the reopening of the Target store marks a reactivation of the economy for Cairns.

“We’ve just come through bad times, but things are starting to look up, and for a Target store to reopen 35 days before Christmas, it’s the perfect opportunity for people to get excited, come back into town and do their Christmas shop-ping.” Mr James said. 

“For the store, for the community, and the city, it’s a fantastic show of confidence, and that’s what we want to see in Cairns; with the borders opening on the 17 December, I believe we’re going to see a big influx of people coming in.” 

Preparations for the store opening began in August; Store Manager Matthew Sumara said that he is keen to welcome the Cairns community back into the store. 

“I feel incredibly proud to be involved in the transformation of this store, which will show-case Target’s versatile product offering that’s focused on real quality products at affordable prices,” he said. 

Image Toby Stanley: Katrina Edmonds, Naomee McGee, Matthew Sumara and Nathan Curtin
Image Toby Stanley: Matthew Sumara(Store Manager), Terry James (Acting Mayor) & David Clark (Regional Manager)

Whilst preparing for the store opening, the Target Cairns team have hired more than 90 team members from the local community, including the store management team, with five team members transferring across from Target Earlville. 

“We are thrilled to have em-ployed 90 new team members into the Target family, which really reflects our investment in the local community, and I couldn’t be prouder of the work the team have put into this store already. We know that life is a little unusual at the moment, so being able to support our Cairns community with more products, more convenience and more choice, is amazing and is something we’re really excited for.” Mr Sumara said. 

Target Australia Managing Director, Richard Pearson, said the company is thrilled to continue building on their con-nection and history within the local Cairns community. “We’re really looking forward to continuing our 24-year his-tory in Cairns by reconnecting with our customers and deliver-ing on our brand promise of in-spiring families to live better,” Mr Pearson said.

David Clark (Regional Manager), Terry James (Deputy Mayor) & Matthew Sumara (Store Manager)

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