Candlelit vigil scheduled for Slidell Target

Candlelit vigil scheduled for Slidell Target

SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) - A candlelit vigil has been scheduled for the closing of the Slidell Target. 

An event was created on Facebook for Saturday, February 3 at 7 p.m.

The event's description calls the store's closing a somber moment for the community.

"This is a time of sadness and mourning. Come together and share times of joy and happiness you shared with Target™ in Slidell, La. 
Feel free to bring candles, pictures, balloons, items of importance bought from this Target™.
Everyone is welcome."

After an announcement in September that Target would be adding $3 billion in improvements to 1,000 of its 1,800 stores, the company announced it is closing 12 underperforming stores, one of those being the Slidell location

"It's not a decision we make lightly," said Kristy Welker, a Target spokeswoman told the Star Tribune. "We have a really rigorous process in place in evaluating the performance of a store in deciding when to close or relocate a store. We close a store after seeing several years of declining profitability."

The other stores Target is closing in February: Hastings, Minn.; Fergus Falls, Minn.; Harper Woods, Mich.: Hutchinson, Kan.; Benton Harbor, Mich.; Macon, Ga.; Lauderhill, Fla.; Matteson, Ill.; Romeoville, Ill.; Baltimore; and San Antonio.

So far, over 100 people have confirmed their attendance to the vigil.

The Slidell Target is located on 61121 Airport Road.