Right now, you can shop for a car, fill up on gas or grab lunch around the intersection of Route 75 and Willowbrook Road in South Beloit. But a trip to Target is on the way. "We've been told Target did approve money to build the store, 8 million dollars, we've also been told they've never approved money for a store and not built one," said South Beloit Mayor Randy Kirichkow. The Target store would go here, in this vacant field off Willowbrook Road. Mayor Kirichkow says it's a standard Target store, as opposed to a SuperTarget. And once it arrives, another major retailer should follow suit. But the mayor is keeping mum about that store for now. "It's a retail store, they sell clothing and all of those type of things, it's a well-named brand, " Kirichkow said. South Beloit residents say, with all the growth in this area, developing this land is inevitable. But they're happy to hear about Target. "It would make it more convenient. I wouldn't have to drive all the way to Machesney Park," said resident Rhonda Fluegel. "I think it would bring people the area to shop, get off I-90, come into town, and see we're more than just a pass-through town," said resident Chris Buck.
Construction on Target could begin this summer. It will be another month before we know if the other major store will make this land it's home too. The city of South Beloit has offered both stores almost five million dollars in sales tax rebate incentives to call their community home. The new stores would anchor an 80-acre development which could bring 1,000 jobs to the area.