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Target Campus Store

Learn about the Target store at the UC San Diego campus.

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Consistent with the Chancellor’s vision to create a more fulfilling and convenient campus experience for students, faculty and staff, and to service the retail needs of the approximately 55,000 people on campus daily, Target store at UC San Diego campus is now open.


The Target store is on the second floor of Price Center previously occupied by the Bookstore. The primary entrance is on Library Walk.

No public parking would be provided for Target since it is intended to cater to the campus population.



Store Hours

Saturday and Sunday    9:00am - 6:00pm
Monday - Friday     9:00am - 8:00pm

CVS Pharmacy


Satuday and Sunday    9:00am - 6:00pm
Monday - Friday    9:00am - 8:00pm

About small format Target stores

Target has opened more than 50 small format stores, typically between 15,000-50,000 square feet in size (the Mission Valley Target store is about 198,000 SF for reference) in urban neighborhoods and near college campuses such as UC Berkeley, UC Irvine and USC. Target’s small format campus stores are each unique and provide a curated assortment of products and services tailored to the specific needs and wants of the students, staff and faculty. Typically the customized assortment of goods and services offered trend toward basic daily goods for immediate needs and create a personalized, locally relevant shopping experience.

Typically, customers will find all merchandise categories of a full size store represented such as groceries, grab n’ go foods, health and beauty products, electronics, apparel, household goods, pharmacy, gifts and seasonal products. Additionally, Target would offer pick up of items found on-line or in their larger stores but may not be stocked in the smaller campus store. These stores also accept cartwheel and all Target’s electronic coupons.

UC San Diego staff has held focus groups with undergraduate, graduate, faculty and staff as well as an Open House to gather input on offerings that students, faculty and staff would like to have available. Many small format Target stores include pharmacies and Starbucks. Additional feedback on these potential inclusions is welcome. If a partnership with Target is successful, additional surveys and focus groups will be conducted.

The manager of a Target small format store would closely monitor the store's offerings and is empowered to make changes to the merchandise assortment based on the actual needs of the campus population.

Target would anticipate employing approximately 40 to 60 part-time employees with scheduling focused around a student’s schedule.

Target as a corporate partner

Target is a well-respected corporate partner and is viewed as complimentary to the existing retail offerings on campus.

A UC San Diego Campus Retail Vision and Strategy is in process and indicates that there is more than enough demand for a small format Target. The inclusion of Target on campus will not change the status of Amazon as an important campus partner.


Since Target opened its first store in 1962, Target has consistently invested in the health and sustainability of the communities it serves. Today, Target continues to integrate sustainable practices across its business with an eye on using its resources responsibly and maintaining the health of its communities.

Target in the community

With each new store that Target opens, regardless of size, Target brings it's legacy of giving back to the community through the programs and partnerships it supports. Target has given 5% of the company’s profits back to the community since 1946. Today, that totals millions of dollars each week nationwide and more than one million hours of volunteer service annually. In 2017, Target gave over $1.2 million in cash and product donations to its non-profit partners here in the City of San Diego and Target team members volunteered over 14,500 hours in the community.

Learn about Target’s community involvement and social responsibility policy, which embraces many of the issues important to the UC San Diego campus.

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