By Mason W. Canales

Killeen Daily Herald

The Target store in Killeen will close its doors for the final time at about 5 p.m. Tuesday, while the Target store in Harker Heights will open its doors to the public for the first time.

The store, in the Market Heights retail center, has scheduled its grand opening for July 27.

Target is doing what it calls a silent opening for its move to Harker Heights, said Laura Deck, an executive team leader.

Earlier Tuesday, members of the City Council and the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce and other invited guests will tour the facility.

"This is really a plus for our community, and I think it is a start for everything that is going to be opening," said Bill Kozlik, Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce president.

Kozlik said he believes that the Target store, along with Market Heights, is going to benefit the community. The store will generate sales tax revenue and draw people to the community, he said.

"I have met the manager over there, and he seems really excited, and he wants to help the community," Kozlik said.

Target will be the second major nationwide chain to open at Market Heights. The first was the Cinemark theater, which opened in May.

Other major national chains, including Barnes & Noble, Dick's Sporting Goods and Circuit City, will follow with openings in Market Heights.

"You will see the major players opening in the next few weeks," Kozlik said.

Kozlik expects most of the stores in Market Heights to open between now and the middle of August, with the pad-site businesses, such as Cracker Barrel, opening in October.

The Family Dollar store opened last week, Kozlik said. Maurice's will have a ribbon-cutting and grand opening at 11 a.m. July 28.

"The stores over there are of a whole different caliber," Kozlik said. "It is going to be a good stimulus for not just us but for Killeen, too, because people will be coming into the area to those stores."

Contact Mason W. Canales at or (254) 501-7554.

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