Target, Marshalls, Rack Room slated to open in spring

By on January 6, 2023

This April, the first Target store in northeastern North Carolina that’s east of Greenville is expected to open its doors in Kill Devil Hills, according to a member of its management team.

The 80,000-square-foot store, located at 1901 N. Croatan Highway, has been undergoing an extensive remodel from its former life as North Carolina’s last operating Kmart.

“Inspections have been conducted regularly and the work is being done in a very timely manner,” Cameron Ray, assistant planning director for Kill Devil Hills, said in a Dec. 15 email about Target’s progress.

The Target will have an Ulta Beauty section, CVS, grocery section and Starbucks, according to Nags Head resident Brittany Stewart, who is the store’s specialty sales team leader.

Stewart said she was the first person hired as part of the Kill Devil Hills management team; the store director was already employed with Target and moved to Manteo from California.

Hired in mid-December, Stewart has begun her four weeks of company training at Target’s Chesapeake, Virginia, location. The store director, Randy Cunningham, is also currently commuting to work at that location from Manteo.

“I love the training,” Stewart said. “The whole Target environment is just what I expected; everyone is really warm and welcoming. You can tell they really care about their employees.”

She expects to receive Kill Devil Hills store keys in late February and looks forward to helping direct the store’s interior visual transformation.

“Visual merchandising” is her passion. Stewart earned a fashion merchandising degree from East Carolina University and, before her most recent job working remotely for Tiffany & Co., was assistant manager of visual merchandising at Michael Kors in Nags Head.

“I’m excited about seeing the store come together,” Stewart said. “I know that they plan on opening in April.” The Target in Kill Devil Hills offers a unique opportunity, she noted: “Being able to start in a store that’s brand new, everyone’s learning together.”

As of Jan. 5, the Kill Devil Hills store lists five job openings on

Stewart said open management roles are currently being advertised and more jobs will be posted online in the coming weeks. “It’s definitely going to produce a lot of jobs for the area.”

Marshalls, Rack Room in Southern Shores also set to open this spring.

The Marketplace in Southern Shores is also expected to have two new retailers opening their doors this spring as well.

New construction of a 24,000-square-foot Marshalls and a 6,000-square-foot Rack Room Shoes began in May 2022. “Construction is nearing completion; it is anticipated that both tenants will open this spring,” said a statement provided by Emma Kelly, Aston Properties’ marketing and leasing associate.

As with Target, until the store opens, the nearest Marshalls—a department store that sells clothing, shoes and home goods—to the Outer Banks has been in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Rack Room Shoes, meanwhile, has two other Outer Banks locations — one in Nags Head and one in Kill Devil Hills.

Aston Properties has been redeveloping a section of The Marketplace, “correcting an imbalance between small shops to major anchor tenants that had existed since purchasing the center in 2014,” the company statement said. “With approval of our plans by the Town Council and Planning Board, we were put on a path to bring The Marketplace at Southern Shores to full occupancy, improving foot traffic for existing tenants and bring new shopping options to local residents.”

Since that site plan approval in September 2020, Coastal Rehabilitation relocated within the shopping center, Keller Williams underwent an expansion and Sherwin Williams and OBX McGriff Chiropractic each moved into spaces in The Marketplace. Only one vacancy now remains, according to Aston Properties.

The company has begun a complete renovation of the front parking lot, which “will take the better part of this spring to conclude,” according to Aston Properties.





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  • Glenn

    Sad, very sad…how the area has changed. Just encourage everyone, as much as possible, to support small, independent local shops in our area or we might lose them.

    Friday, Jan 6 @ 12:35 pm
  • Trick

    Meanwhile locals are leaving because they have no where to live because of the greed.

    Friday, Jan 6 @ 12:50 pm
  • Donna Powers

    Did anyone ask these people where they are going to find the hundreds of people needed to run these large stores??

    Friday, Jan 6 @ 3:46 pm
  • Pearl

    So most of us locals have no primary physicians and oh yeah no eye doctors. No one is taking new patients. If we do manage to afford health insurance there are no doctors to go to.

    The restaurants and retail shops cannot find enough employees because people can no longer afford housing and the continuing tax increases.

    But the greedy bureaucrats got us a Marshall’s. Now all problems have been solved!!

    Friday, Jan 6 @ 4:50 pm
  • Bill

    Oh boy. Another CVS, Starbucks and Rack Room. Sugar Kingdom in KH. WaWa across from Target. How much more crap can they fit? I guess we’ll find out.

    Friday, Jan 6 @ 7:06 pm
  • Cam

    Kmart was there before Target. The same employees that lost their jobs at Kmart might benefit from that…and you can’t argue that the new Target will be an upgrade. And a store like Marshalls is likely to take business from Amazon or Walmart rather than local shops. More jobs openings for fewer workers should push wages somewhat higher AND pay taxes that benefit our schools. NONE of this is new construction on pristine property. These were all retail spaces before and remain so in the future. WaWa and Royal Farms are a different story while still on the major business strip. They should push gas prices lower but it ain’t gonna do local stations and convenience stores much good.

    Friday, Jan 6 @ 10:48 pm
  • Liz

    It’s disappointing that the towns and county did a lousy job with planning the area. They could have clumped more retail together and made more pedestrian friendly areas. Also, more parks and green space would be nice (but, they don’t generate income for the county! So, we can’t have them) Very sad that they never leave a single native tree or bush when developing commercial lots (poor Live Oaks….) This area has been bulldozed and most parts of the highway are very ugly. All they care about is the tourists and tax revenue. Locals and the native flora and fauna do not concern them one bit. Bring more medical care! We feel like Chesapeake and Norfolk are our second home because we must go there so often for medical care (and we do most shopping there because food is cheaper and the sales tax is lower). We will be moving, taxes, insurance and food costs are high here, no medical care, plus terrible hospital with no ER doctor. Thankfully, we won’t be here to see them destroy the ocean view with wind turbines made in China.

    Saturday, Jan 7 @ 8:43 am
  • Steve

    Bash the Wawa and Sugar Kingdom all you want — those are new builds of things we certainly did not need. But none of us should be sad about the other two projects. The Kmart has been an eyesore on the beach for years (even before it closed), and the SS shopping center has been an embarrassment with its countless empty storefronts and a parking lot capable of inducing seasickness. The rehab and upgrade of those two locales is fantastic to see.

    Saturday, Jan 7 @ 8:53 am