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Starbucks joins Target in remodel

BEMIDJI - Starbucks plans to open a coffee shop inside Target here near the end of May.

Starbucks is taking applications for "a new store to open Memorial Day weekend," according to a post on the, which connects employers and job seekers online through the state's Department of Employment and Economic Development.

According to the job post, the international coffee chain is looking for staff to begin May 14 and undergo a two-week paid training program. Candidates would be required to successfully complete "Barista Basics" training and AST training certificates.

Curt Blumhagen, store manager at Target, said Starbucks will replace the existing café as part of the store's remodel, which could be shortly after the Starbucks opens.

"I don't know a lot yet. I will know more in a couple of weeks," Blumhagen Wednesday.

Starbucks inside Target stores is not a new concept, he said.

"It's something we've done with most of our remodels," said Blumhagen, adding Starbucks are now tied to the Target stores in other Minnesota cities like Grand Rapids, Virginia, Brainerd and Alexandria.

He said the partnership ties into Target's format and essential works as a franchise.

"We actually run it," Blumhagen said. "They help us train people."

Those serving up coffee, mochas and lattes are Target employees but serve Starbucks' products to the coffee giant's standards, he said.

Currently, Target is undergoing a remodel to expand its grocery offering. "Most of the stuff we're doing is inside and the backroom" now, Blumhagen said.

The expanded section will include a wider assortment of dry groceries, frozen and perishable items, fresh produce and meat, he said.

Overall, the remodeling is a $500,000 project, according to a building permit on file with the city, but won't expand the store's footprint.

Steve Wagner

Grand Forks Herald Editor Steve Wagner can be reached at 701.780.1104 and He joined the Herald in April 2013, and previously worked as editor at the Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer and in several roles -- including news director, investigative reporter and crime reporter - at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. His reporting experience includes coverage of Dru Sjodin's disappearance and the federal death penalty case for her murderer, Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., along with several investigative projects. In his spare time, Wagner is an avid runner and occasionally writes about his experiences on his blog, Addicted to Running.

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