Target is an extraordinary chain of luxury discount big box stores built in giant warehouse-like structures ranging anywhere from 95,000 to 135,000 square feet in size. They sell everything from clothing, groceries, shoes, jewelry, beauty products, toys, electronics, bedding, to pet and automotive supplies.
Like most other big box retailers, depending on its location a Target facility may also have within its store an optician, a clinic, and a portrait studio. Most Target stores that were built or opened after 2004 also include a photo shop, pharmacy, Starbucks Coffee, Jamba Juice, and Pizza Hut in addition to the Target Cafe, which is set up like a food court with centralized seating.
Super Targets are a division of Targets and are described as “hypermarkets” because they are generally in excess of 174,000 square feet and feature double-entrance doors. Super Targets have all been opened in the traditional warehouse configuration, but these stores sell everything found in a regular Target store as well as containing a full grocery operation that sells fresh produce, baked goods, and deli foods. In addition to the grocery stores, Super Targets house an on-premises optician, Starbucks Coffee, Pizza Hut Express, Taco Bell Express, pharmacy, portrait studio, photo shop, cellphone kiosk, and either a Wells Fargo Bank or U.S. Bank.
SUING TARGET STORES
We have found that most of the cases we have investigated at Target stores involve the combining of several of the vast array of products and services that Target provides; for example, grocery products are sold in the same store that provides auto supplies. Accordingly, people sampling a bag of cherries while shopping up and down the automotive aisles may spit out the pits along the way.
However, unlike most big box retailers–such as Kmart, Walmart, Costco and BJ’s Wholesale Club–Target does not limit itself to the common warehouse layout and has shown great creativity with unique stores located in urban locations or shopping malls where the traditional one-story layout would not be feasible. These specialized Target locations utilize multiple floors and rely upon escalators, stairs, and elevators to provide customers with vertical transportation. Many stores provide specialized escalators that can convey shopping carts with the customers from floor to floor.
Target takes fraud and shoplifting cases very seriously. It uses its sophisticated web of surveillance videos to prosecute shoplifters and employees who commit theft, as well as to defend itself against fraudulent slip and fall cases. In 2006, it was revealed that Target operates two of its own sophisticated criminal forensic laboratories, one at its headquarters and the other in Las Vegas. Those labs were created as part of its internal theft and fraud prevention division. However, the company now offers its lab’s services to local law enforcement agencies across the country, including federal agencies such as the Secret Service and FBI.
Nevertheless, we too use their labs to win cases. By obtaining the video before it is either “lost” or “destroyed” by Target, we can demonstrate how and what caused the fall. If, for example, the videotape reveals that the substance on the floor was the result of a spilled Frappuccino from the onsite Starbucks, we would have to find proof that the spill was left on the floor for a period of time that would have or should have put Target on notice that there was a dangerous condition, which they failed to address. If, on the other hand, the spill were to happen literally moments before the customer falls, it is most likely Target would not be responsible for the fall.
WINNING A CASE AGAINST TARGET FOR INJURIES
Most people incorrectly believe just because they have suffered an accident at a Target store in Florida they are automatically entitled to receive compensation. In fact, under Florida law in order to successfully make a claim against a Target store for either a slip or trip and fall accident, one must prove that the fall was the fault of Target and not just the customer falling or tripping over his or her own feet. Most slip and fall cases we have seen against stores like Target result from the customers claiming that “something” on the floor caused them to slip. It is very difficult if not impossible to win a case like this unless we are able to prove what caused the person to fall.
HISTORY OF TARGET
From 1982-2000 Target gobbled up other regional and local retailers across the country, slowly transforming them into Target stores. Those subsumed facilities included the legendary Chicago retailer, Marshal Fields in 1990, which Target then sold in 2004 to a St. Louis-based retailer, May Department Stores.
Ironically Target has been a victim of its own brand as a “luxury discount retailer” as some customers have developed the perception that Target’s products are more expensive than those of other discount retailers. For example, Target unsuccessfully took on big box retailing super star Walmart with specialized stores called “garden stores,” selling plants and related products for home gardens. In 2000, Target admitted defeat and announced the closure of all 350 of its garden stores across the country, including 90 in Florida, because of its inability to compete with Walmart’s prices.
WHAT CAN I SUE A TARGET STORE FOR?
- Pain and Suffering.
- Money for lost wages or income.
- Money for medical bills, including hospitalization and surgery.
- Reimbursement for ambulance.
- Reimbursement for medications.
- Reimbursement for therapy.
- Reimbursement for household services: maid, gardener, home nurse.
FREE CONSULTATIONS FOR TARGET INJURY CASES
Currently there are 137 Target stores in Florida from Jacksonville to the Keys, and from Panama City to Perrine. If you have had an accident or injury at a Target store in Florida, please contact our lawyers at 305-441-0440 or Toll Free: 866-597-4529 for a no-charge legal consultation regarding your potential claim. We have successfully represented people in cases against Target for over 20 years, ranging from slip and falls, to assault and false imprisonment.