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Local Target stores temporarily close or limit hours amid looting concerns

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Posted at 8:35 AM, Jun 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-01 14:46:49-04

UPDATE: late Monday morning, the Target in Santa Maria was open. The Target in San Luis Obispo was also open before 10 a.m. and had posted hours of 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Local Target stores are reducing the hours they are open or have closed their doors temporarily amid protests over the death of George Floyd in police custody.

In response to looting, Target temporarily closed dozens of its stores across the country over the weekend.

Target executives say 71 stores in Minnesota, 49 in California and 12 in New York are closing until further notice.

On the Central Coast, the Target on Betteravia Rd. in Santa Maria is closing in response to concerns over protesters possibly looting.

The Target stores in Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo confirmed to KSBY Monday that their hours would be reduced to 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

In the a statement released Saturday, the company said its focus is on "employee safety and helping communities heal."

Target says workers impacted by the closures will still be paid for their scheduled hours.

Target says it will provide essentials to people living in areas of Minneapolis and Saint Paul where the protests have caused the most damage.