Target is an American corporation and the 8th-largest retailer in the country. It sells everything from food to electronics, including clothing, home furniture, pharmacy, books and toys. Target also offers various services such as drive-up, same-day delivery along with gift, credit and discount cards. Target operates a chain of 1,851 stores (Target, SuperTarget and "small-format" Target) in the United States.
In 1902, business man George D. Dayton bought a land on Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis, built a store and founded the Dayton Dry Goods Company. Dayton's recognized philanthropic and innovative spirit made his store one of the most popular in town. The store grew into a large department store. Dayton founded the Dayton Foundation in 1918 to promote "the welfare of manking anywhere in the world". He initiated merchandise transportation by airplane when a freight-handlers strike hit in 1920. He also launched WBAH Radio, the most powerful in the Midwest at the time. When George D. Dayton dies in 1938, his son becomes the company's president, then after him his grandson, Donald C. Dayton, in 1950. The first branch location is opened in 1954 in Rochester, Minnesota. In the early 1960, The Dayton Company starts to think about a new kind of retailing combining the fashion world and the discount world. The first Target store opens in 1962 in Roseville, Minn. In 1979, Target had 74 stores in 11 states. In 1983, the family's involvement in the company ended when Bruce B. Dayton and Kenneth N. Dayton retired. The first SuperTarget Store opens in Omaha, Neb., in 1995. In 1999, Target.com is launched. The Dayton Company was renamed the Target Corporation in 2000.
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