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Target on Franklin Street now open until midnight

Franklin street remains busy as Chapel Hill residents and students make trips to Target.

Franklin street remains busy as Chapel Hill residents and students make trips to Target.

The Target on Franklin Street has extended its nighttime hours from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m., every night of the week. 

“We’re a busy store, especially after classes from around (4 p.m.) until closing, and on game days," said store manager Ryan Kelley. "The CVS and Walgreens on Franklin Street already stay open until midnight, so we’re also just trying to stay competitive.” 

Kelley said that in about a month, the Starbucks inside the store would also be open an hour later, until 10 p.m. 

Sophomore psychology major Minna Banawan said she's excited for the later hours.

“I think it’s a good idea that they are doing this, because this is a college campus and most of our grocery shopping is done between 10 and 12,” Banawan said.

Sophomore Gabrielle Hobson said the later hours will make late-night cooking easier for students. 

“My friends and I like to make dinner together one night every weekend, but sometimes some of us aren’t able to make it until much later in the evening, when we’re out of food," Hobson said. "It will be nice to be able to run down and grab some more pasta or whatever we’re making and run back without interrupting the evening too much.”

As of right now, Kelley said there are no plans to keep the Target open 24 hours. 

“It’s just a chance to learn," he said. "We’re planning to try it out for about three to six months, just to see how it goes. This is actually one of the only stores in the company open as late as it is, I think there’s only about three out of 2,000 stores currently open to midnight, so we’re excited to be the guinea pig and just see how it goes.”