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Cecile Corral

Target c'est triste

December 3, 2007

A quick Christmas shopping store traffic comparison for you

I went to Target this past weekend, the first weekend in December. Saturday at 9:30 a.m., to be specific.
And what I saw — or rather, didn’t see — left me shocked.

The place was dead.

I aced the third parking space from the front door. A lonesome shopping cart was conveniently next to my car waiting for me (only to get dumped moments later upon my kids’ demands for one of these kid-friendly carts with the little truck features and the phony steering wheels– you know the one.)

I knew right away I would not accidentally run over the feet of any fellow shoppers while I attempted to maneuver this bulky behemoth cart, simply because there wasn’t anyone really to run over.
Where was everyone? I’m not sure, but if the prior weekend offers clues, they were at Wal-Mart.

That’s where I was the Sunday after Thanksgiving and when I left more than one hour later, I had a headache the size of the kid-friendly shopping cart. At 8:30 a.m. it was filled with shoppers in every corner of the store, even the fabric department.

I wonder what will happen in January when Target’s annual Global Bazaar returns.
I’m expecting something…well….bizarre.