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Target has evolved from Dayton's Department stores of Minneapolis. The company was founded by the Dayton family. This family was and is quite remarkable. They have a philosophy of making a profit while providing a quality shopping experience, improving their community, and doing major philanthropic work. This philosophy remained ingrained in DH as it acquired other retailers and developed its Target subsidiary. It is a class act. You can be proud of your investment in this corporation.

The department stores now make up a less important part of the revenue picture but still provide some spiritual direction. Of the major deparment store chains, they are really not comparable to other chains. First of all, they are laid out very well and offer relatively good prices, which eliminates Bloomingdale's, a grossly over rated store. They are still more of a general merchandiser, which eliminates Nordstroms. The quality feeling you get at Nordstrom's matches DHMF. The stores are spacious, which eliminates Macy's. They never went into Mall of America, which some thought a mistake because the other competitors did. Hasn't hurt them a bit. I think it is a shame they didn't because they would have shown the country what a fine store they are.

Target is, to my mind, radically different than Walmart. Walmart is dark, overly crowded with merchandise, poorly maintained, and does not respect its customers when it maintains too few open registers. Target comes very close to Walmart in price and gives its customers a qualityexperience. Their stores are attractive, well lit, spacious, and customer friendly at the check out stands. They are also stylish.

Management seems to make a good profit on what they do and they continue to contribute one of the highest percentages of revenue to local community causes.

Who could ask for more?
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<They are also stylish.>

I think this is very important. They are way above Walmart in kids clothes, linens, frames, shoes, almost everything. I do go to Walmart to purchase drugs, sundries and beauty items. It is about 10 minutes farther from my home. But most of the time I shop at Target.

<...continue to contribute one of the highest percentages of revenue to local community causes.>

The sign in Target says they give 5% of the profit back to the community. And if I charge my purchases on a Target card a school that I choose gets 1/2% (I think). I like this feature and imagine those pennies add up.

I own a bit of both WMT and DH.
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thanks to those who responded. i bought in today.

smaully
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Your right who could ask for more! Except for a company with a conscious too!

Target House is a home-like place for long-term patients and their families to stay while receiving treatment at the hospital. Target House is a partnership with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Target Stores gives more than $1 million a week to communities in which it does business. Since it was founded in 1962, Target has contributed 5 percent of its federally taxable income -- through grants, special programs and team member donations -- to strengthen and enrich family life.
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