ATLANTA - Target will close dozens of its locations nationwide - including two in metro Atlanta, due to ongoing protests and destructive rioting in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
In Georgia, two locations in Buckhead will temporarily close.
The chain’s headquarters are based in Minneapolis, where Floyd’s death occurred while in police custody. now former officer Derek Chauvin is charged in Floyd’s death.
“We are heartbroken by the death of George Floyd and the pain it is causing communities across the country. At this time, we have made the decision to close a number of our stores. We anticipate most stores will be closed temporarily. Our focus will remain on our team members’ safety and helping our community heal,” the company said in a statement.
Target says employees at the closed stores will be paid for up to 14 days during store closures, including coronavirus pay, and also have the chance to work at other stores.
From Channel 2 Action News: During the first night of protests Friday, Atlanta firefighters worked to put out a fire started in the back of the Target at 2539 Piedmont Road. Atlanta fire officials say fireworks were set off in multiple locations as well.
Atlanta firefighters worked to put a second fire that happened in a storage room Saturday night. The department can’t say for sure right now if it’s arson, but fire investigators are on the way to see.
Atlanta Battalion Chief Kendale Mitchell said part of the building may have been left unsecured from Friday’s protests.
“This store was broken into earlier when we were experiencing the protests and the store hasn’t been fully secured all the way. I think they have security on site but may or may not. It’s undetermined if it was a break in at this time or not,” Mitchell said.