Retail

Target opening three more clinics in Triangle stores

March 14, 2013 

Target will open three new in-store medical clinics in the Triangle.

The Target Clinics will be in Raleigh at the Super Target at Poyner Place and at North Hills and in Cary at 2021 Walnut St.

Construction in all the stores will begin in May, and they are scheduled to open Aug. 18.

Target already has clinics in Apex, Wake Forest and Durham, and plans to add three more this year, in Charlotte and Concord. The openings are part of national expansion plan that will see the Minnesota company add 14 new locations in five states, bringing its total to 68.

Jamie Bastion, a spokesman based at Target’s Minneapolis headquarters, said the retailer looks at overall store performance and the local health care market when determining where to expand. And then they pick stores where construction of the clinics – which will be placed at the front of the stores – will be the least disruptive to customers.

“We’ve been in the (Triangle) market for a while, and all of the Target Clinics are performing to expectation,” she said.

“Traffic fluctuates by season. When we’re experiencing winter health season there’s a greater emphasis on colds and flu. ... In the spring and fall, we do vaccinations and physicals for camp and school.”

Bastion said many of the clinics’ patients are repeat customers who have primary care providers but use the clinics because of their convenience. Target Clinics use electronic medical records and send results to each patient’s doctor if asked.

The clinics in the Triangle will all be staffed by a licensed family nurse practitioner and offer 60 services, including vaccinations, treatment for minor illnesses such as strep, bladder infections and pink eye. Patients are seen first-come, first-served, and the average appointment lasts about 15 minutes. The clinics accept most insurance plans.

With more people getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act, retail-based health providers like Target and CVS, which offers Minute Clinics at its Triangle pharmacies, could see an influx of new business.

Bastian said she could not speculate on what the act might mean but said the company expected to see steady growth. “We’re trying to be very thoughtful about it, going into the right markets at the right time,” she said.


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Staff writers Mary Cornatzer and Amy Rue

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