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Is Target Coming to North Kingstown?

Could the red bullseye sign be coming to a North Kingstown street near you?

Those pining for Target to open in North Kingstown may get their wish granted if a proposed development is approved. Though residents have pointed to the as an ideal location for the big box store, the proposed development is located north – straddling the East Greenwich-North Kingstown line on Frenchtown Road.

Called Commons at Frenchtown Road, the 33-acre retail shopping center would bring 192,000 square feet of business – 231,000 including the property on the East Greenwich side – to the property adjacent to the Browne & Sharpe building. Developers are suggesting a bank, pharmacy and other small business buildings in the plaza, anchored by a big box store. Currently, the developer (Frenchtown Partners LLC) is proposing that said store could potentially be Target.

According to the plaza’s pre-application, the big box building would be 137,450 square feet and would need a variance for approval as the town’s ordinance caps big box stores to 85,000 square feet. ()

At this time, there is no discussion of residential units in the plaza, though town planners indicate they’d like to see a village center concept applied to the development.

P O V May 09, 2012 at 11:41 AM
What is the huge structure being built behind the abandoned Lowe's ?
SCL May 09, 2012 at 12:11 PM
I think that might be the indoor sports complex. I'd love to see a Target in town but wouldn't it make more sense to re-use the Lowe's building for that?
NKGOP Watch May 09, 2012 at 12:35 PM
The Lowe's location was stupid from the get-go, which I said as soon as it was revealed. When it closed so fast, I was proven right, as usual.
NK Parent May 09, 2012 at 01:19 PM
As much as I loved the old Lowe's the location is just plain horrible. I liked in NK for a good 3-4 months before I even realized that there was a Lowe's back there. If anything does go in that old space it's got to be a huge "draw" store like a Costco or Ikea otherwise nobody will even know it's back there.
NKMom May 09, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Yes, Target! No new location... developers, the Town Planner and Target should find an existing location and rebuild it...we have too many empty locations to be building new ones. Plus, look at the Dave's Plaza...lots of open retail space there that isn't filling up.
J.S.C. May 09, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Typical Rhode Islanders.. Target is less then 10 minutes from NK or EG located right in Warwick..DRIVE THERE AND LEAVE OUR QUAINT TOWN ALONE!!! Isn't that eye sore of "Tarbox" TOYOTA enough to swallow!!!!
Samantha Turner (Editor) May 09, 2012 at 03:51 PM
It's an indoor sports facility called Wide World of Indoor Sports. Opening is scheduled for August. Here's a link to the story we did a few months ago on it: http://patch.com/A-qTQw
Wendy Rodger May 09, 2012 at 05:38 PM
So let me get this straight...there are empty retail spaces at Stop and Shop plaza, Wickford Junction and Kohl's plaza PLUS an empty box store (Lowes) and they think it's a good idea to build MORE retail space??? For all the education we are trying to teach our kids to reduce, reuse and recycle this sure does teach them the opposite. Greed and wastefulness is what it is. And don't get me wrong I would love to see a Target here in NK..I just think the developers and the town need to take a look around first and think wisely.
chucklesinri May 09, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Speaking of Tarbox... Did the State of RI buy the Tarbox property on Rt 1? For $1,200,000 ? http://www.providencejournal.com/homes/real-estate-transactions/ Buyer Seller Address Date Price Rhode Island State Of Tarbox Motors Inc Tower Hill Rd North Kingstown, RI 02852 3/15/2012 $1,200,000 Are they planning on turning this into a satellite site for the Quonset Business Park or something? Seems like the taxpayers of RI helped facilitate the move by Tarbox to Rt 2...
ru4real May 09, 2012 at 09:03 PM
DOT usage of the old Tarbox building is what I hear.
Ace in the Car May 10, 2012 at 01:14 AM
The Tarbox property on route 1 is the old Jeep dealership near West Allenton Road not the Toyota dealership near Quonset. It was owned by Jim Tarbox not Ed Tarbox (they are brothers). I think the old Jeep dealership site is going to be used by DEM.
Dave May 10, 2012 at 01:43 PM
JSC, the new Tarbox is an ugly concrete palace....the Lowe's location, while very poor previously, will end up being a good location with tons of thru traffic due to the new sports complex.
Scott Madison May 10, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Can't agree more. Tarbox should be ashamed of creating what looks like a concrete fort up right there....
NKGOP Watch May 10, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Why that's so negative, Dave. Please dont run for office with an outlook like that. We need POSITIVE thinkers in NK. I like the new Tarbox. Toyota makes among the best cars for average people on up, and the Prius which at 12 years, has proven there can be a totally normal reliable hybrid car that gets 50+ MPG, a technology which will help solve our energy usage/shortage issues. Thank you Toyota!
NK Parent May 10, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Just because Toyota makes nice cars doesn't mean the new Tarbox building isn't hideous. Plus, they never should have been given Tarbox permission to face it towards the highway and leave the ugly butt-end facing Rt. 2 where all the residents get to see it. Maybe the view will improve in a few years when some of the landscaping fills in.
ru4real May 10, 2012 at 07:12 PM
@watch, I agree. Let's see millions of dollars are spent to create a new facility--work is created which in turn provides jobs to produce/build the facility. The completed facility employs people, mechanics, sales people, customer service people etc. That must be a bad series of events. Before any of you scream and cry about another empty building on Post Rd. maybe some thought should be given to the fact that NK has been in an evolving & changing state ever since Quonset shut down in the 70's. Very little attention has been paid to the Post Rd corridor. Only recently has the town made a johnny-come-lately attempt at a "plan" for Post Rd. The pockets of decay along Post Rd will only increase as the state of RI steadily slides into oblivion, driving people and business out. Although I do not believe that some of the comments here are indicative of the collective public thought process, I do believe that they are symptomatic of a state which appears at times to appreciate failure more than success. Entrepreneurs are risk takers. There is no reward sitting on your hands. There is also no progress without breaking a few eggs to make the omelet.
NKGOP Watch May 10, 2012 at 10:17 PM
NK Parent, I hope YOU invest MILLIONS buying land and designing a building to house a business and then have some fascist tell YOU which way to point YOUR building that YOU are investing YOUR millions to erect. I think you get my point. Let the landscaping fill in and, for once, we are gaining commercial tax revenue from the property tax and the tax on the cars, instead of piling more burden onto the home owner. As to post road, they can get strict about derelict properties such as Mancini hardware whos loser owners/managers or whomever let sit collapsed, burnt, and derelict for God knows what selfish reason. THAT is a hideous eye sore that does rise to the level on community intervention.
Dave May 11, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Watch, you're missing the point. Not every NK business owner gets the green light to up and move to a new place, arranges for the old place to be bought, fixes water table issues that are a potential issue, and repaves the entire road for that one business. Nor do most get the green light to build anything like that monstrosity.....in fact, the town just gets in the way of most businesses and they are told no, no, and no. It's all who you are in this town.
4ResponsibleSitings May 11, 2012 at 04:39 AM
North Kingstown has an 85,000 cap on big box stores. Full-line Target stores range from 128,000 square feet to 135,000 square feet. That’s why the Lowe’s building doesn’t work. A year ago the proposed Target building was going to be on the EG side of this development to get around the cap, while NK got the parking lot. I'm a fan of Target, but I'm not sure why they think they can get a 138,000 building to pass in NK. I suppose after watching the turbine developers and Rolling Greens developers help craft their own ordinances, I guess these guys feel they have a pretty strong chance of raising or eliminating the big box cap.
NK Parent May 11, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Sigh. Always so combative ... As I said, I have no problem with Tarbox or Toyota. But that doesn't mean I don't think the building is ugly and that some very poor decisions were made in it's planning. At some point I hope you realize that calling anyone who disagrees with you a "fascist" really doesn't help your case much at all.
NKGOP Watch May 11, 2012 at 02:24 PM
How can one "fix" a water table? LOL And are you saying Rt2 was repaved JUST FOR TARBOX? Yeah right. As far as "arranging for the old place to be bought", that could be considered pro-business collaboration. The town didnt buy the old site according to that part of your little conspiracy theory. This council is dominated by the old pro-Halley NKGOP faction with that rancid hueston, daughter of the even more rancid planning maven harriet powell then there's charlie scamm, I mean stamm a NYC transplant who got elected by making a "secret" donation to the senior center and then having it leaked out just before the election, among other things. BUT the Tarbox move doesnt seem to be anything more than govt being pro-business, isnt that what we want?

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