Target's Aaron Hemquist talks about proposed Roslindale store.
Some 50 Roslindale residents and Roslindale Square business owners had a pretty clear request for Target officials tonight: Replace the food aisles in their proposed replacement for the Washington Street Staples with office supplies or even more clothes, because they don't want to see the nearby Village Market - a cornerstone of the village's revival, driven out of business.
And ditto for the planned mini-CVS in a neighborhood that has one of New England's last remaining independent pharmacies and which is just a mile or so away from a full-service CVS.
"Don't push our market out," state Rep. Liz Malia told two Target officials and their real-estate lawyer at the meeting at the Roslindale Community Center, organized by Roslindale Village Main Street.
Target recently announced it will open a small-scale store next March where the Staples is closing next month.
The new store, about the size of two basketball courts, rather than the two football fields of a full-size Target, will focus on what Roslindale's young families and homeowners need, according to Mark Hokanson, Target's new-store development lead, said. So expect plenty of clothes, the latest in electronic gadgets and enough home furnishings to tide somebody over until they can get to a full-sized Target, he said.
And in response to a common request he's heard so far, "we will carry socks, I promise," he said.
Fans of the neighboring Dunkin' Donuts, have nothing to worry about - as a condition of their lease with the owner of both the Dunkin' Donuts and the impending Target, the chain will not be installing a Starbucks.
Residents applauded Target for bringing non-boutique clothing back to Roslindale - which has not had a clothing store since the JB Edwards uniform store moved to West Roxbury a couple years ago - along with home goods and the like.
But residents pleaded with Target not to add a food department that, while not a full-fledged supermarket, could jeopardize the Village Market, which residents and store owners credited with being the catalyst for the revival of Roslindale Square more than 20 years ago. They urged Target to recognize the unique village makeup of the area, an area full of small shop owners catering to people who moved there in part because of its village feel - and an area, they said, that needs office supplies fo