Frustration in Fergus Falls after Target pulls its holiday toys

Published: Dec. 19, 2017 at 9:09 PM CST
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"Lots of good memories with your kids. I have memories with all of my three children when they were little shopping here," said Pam Forer, who lives in Fergus Falls.

But the store the community once cherished is now at the center of local outrage - leaving some shoppers to say the holiday spirit is out of stock at the Target in Fergus Falls.

The reason residents are upset - holiday toys were taken off of the shelves and sent to other locations just days before Christmas.

"It's pretty bare in there as far as toys... What's most disappointing is they do this six days before Christmas. It feels like it's just the Grinch that stole Christmas," said Jody Pederson, a Fergus Falls resident.

"I have a grandson that's three years old... He would've liked to have some Legos and action figures so we're going to have to go elsewhere," said Forer.

The Fergus Falls location is the only one in Otter Tail County, meaning shoppers face about an hour long commute to shop at other Target stores. They say the move puts corporate cash over community.

"It appears that Target doesn't have a heart about this. That they need to look at what they're doing to these communities... You aren't really looking at what matters," Pederson said.

"And it's just not about corporate America. It's about the human experience and we have really embraced that in this Target and we'll miss it sorely. It will be a huge hole in our town," Forer added.

Erin Conroy, a Target spokesperson, released this statement about the situation.

"We regret that Fergus Falls guests were disappointed to find a limited toy assortment at their local store. We are replenishing inventory at the Fergus Falls store now. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this caused our guests."