CHRISTIANSBURG, Va.—Some big changes are under way for two national retail stores in Christiansburg.
Belk is under construction for expansion right now and Target is getting a facelift.
These are some major projects that Christiansburg shoppers seem to be very excited about. They come at a time when the economy however is still very questionable.
Dirt is being moved at the New River Valley Mall.
This construction is part of a major expansion and remodeling project for the department store Belk.
21,000 thousand square feet will be added on. It will allow the anchor store to provide a new shopping environment with new brands and more choices.
"In this economy, I'm shocked to see it happen, but I'm also very happy to see it happen. It's great for our community, great for our area," said shopper Lori Winters.
And just down the road Target is getting a new look and feel.
"We're going to have fresh produce and meat and expanded dairy and frozen food items," said store manager Daniel Butler.
Shopper Mary Carpenter said: "We used to go to a Target that had the fresh produce and meats in another town, so I'm pretty excited about that."
The 11-year-old store will also have expanded beauty, infant and pet sections.
Also a bonus for coffee lovers: Starbucks.
"Double Chocolate Chip Frappucinos all the way," Carpenter said.
Customers will have to be patient, as departments are moved. There won't be an expansion, rather a reconfiguration.
"It's all about the Target shopping experience. We really want guests to enjoy the whole experience of coming and shopping at Target," Butler said.
Both store updates will likely bring new jobs.
Target currently has 50 temporary employees that will turn into 25-30 permanent jobs.
The Target store will have its grand reopening March 25.
Belk is slated to open in October.