GOLETA, Calif. - Goleta City officials confirmed that Target filed "tentative plans" last week with the City's Planning Department for internal and facade improvements to the current K-Mart building off Hollister Avenue.
"This has been in the works for months," Goleta City Councilman Roger Aceves said.
NewsChannel 3's Beth Farnsworth reached out to Target Corporate in Minneapolis and talked to Jacqueline DeBuse, a company spokeswoman, who would neither confirm nor elaborate on Target's apparent interest in the Goleta area.
"At Target, we are excited about the opportunity to serve guests in the Goleta and Santa Barbara area," DeBuse said during a phone conversation. "At this time, I have no new stores to share."
When asked about plans filed by Target with the City of Goleta, DeBuse remained tight-lipped.
"We are continuously evaluating potential new store locations," DeBuse said. "We look in areas where we feel that we can fill a need within a neighborhood where we can serve new guests and we are continuously evaluating potential locations in the Santa Barbara and Goleta area and are excited by the potential opportunity to serve guests in that region."
City officials confirm K-Mart's lease is up soon at the 120,000-square-foot site in Goleta but couldn't give an exact date.
Target eyed property in Goleta roughly eight years ago and moved forward with plans until the project eventually fell through.
Target is currently working to open a 34,000-square foot, small-format store at the corner of State Street and La Cumbre Road in Santa Barbara, slated to open sometime in October 2018.