Target’s a go for Downtown Pittsburgh.

As previously reported in NEXTpittsburgh, Target has been eyeing the space on the first floor of the old Macy’s building on Smithfield St. and Fifth Avenue for some time.

According to Target’s website, the new store at 400 Fifth Avenue will occupy approximately 22,000 square feet. It is expected to open early next year.

It’s especially fortunate, and a hopeful sign in the time of the pandemic when Downtown Pittsburgh is suffering from a loss of workers and visitors.

“We are very pleased with the announcement of Target to the historic Kaufmann’s project,” says Jeremy Waldrup, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. “We’ve known for some time that there was a high demand for a major retail outlet that could bring additional options for groceries, home goods and many other products to our community, so it’s a really huge win for Downtown.

“The additional benefit to restaurants and retailers of having a high profile store like Target nearby can also not be understated and we are sure projects like this will continue to spur additional investment in Downtown.”

As NEXTpittsburgh previously reported, the store size will be smaller than the usual Target, catering to the Downtown crowd. With the exit of the Macy’s store, Target would greatly fulfill a need in the neighborhood.