Target on track for completion

Construction of the Target store continues in early October in the location previously occupied by Kmart. Rumors that the establishment will not be opening in 2022 have been circulating. However, according to a Target spokesperson, the company is on track to open the Jackson store as planned.

Target on track

The retail giant is still on target to open, a Target spokeswoman said Monday, quelling a persistent rumor that Target is backing out of plans to occupy the former Kmart space on Highway 89.

“Really nothing has changed since the last statement,” Jacque DeBuse said. “Our plans are still moving forward.”

The company’s short statement of intent to open a store in 2022 in Jackson hasn’t changed much since the news of the move came a year ago. Hiring won’t begin for months, DeBuse said, until Target gets closer to opening.

“We’re excited to bring an easy, safe and convenient shopping experience to new guests in the Jackson Hole community,” the company statement said. “As we get closer to opening the store, we’ll have more specific details to share — including how the shopping experience will be tailored to serve local guests and the grand opening date.”

— Johanna Love

Luxury auction for McCollums

Wyoming guest ranch Brooks Lake Lodge & Spa is organizing an online silent auction for the family of Rylee McCollum, who died in a terrorist attack in Afghanistan Aug. 26.

The auction will go live Oct. 11 and run for two weeks.

There will be several luxury and outdoor experiences up for grabs, from horse rides in Yellowstone to guided fly fishing excursions and a 2022 bike park season pass from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. All proceeds from these sales will go directly to the McCollum family.

All of these items and experiences were donated by businesses, and the Brooks Lake Lodge & Spa encourages other businesses interested in donating an item or experience to email Matthew Tousignant at They request the item or experience be worth at least $300.

In addition to bidding, the website also features a link to donate directly to the McCollum family.

— Alexander Shur

Free coffee Fridays

Loaf ‘n Jug, a national chain of gas stations and convenience stores with a location in downtown Jackson, announced it is resuming its “Free Coffee Fridays” through Oct. 29.

Customers can get any size coffee, hot or iced, for free on Fridays without being required to purchase anything else, the company said in a release. There is a limit of one coffee per customer.

“After seeing how much our community loved free coffee Fridays earlier this year, we are delighted to announce its comeback just in time for fall,” said George Fournier, president of EG America, which owns Loaf ‘n Jug. “This provides an opportunity for guests to indulge in a cup of our delicious Farmhouse Blend coffee free of charge.”

— Timothy J. Woods

Alexander has reported on courts and crime since June 2021. A fan of all things outdoors, he came to Teton County after studying journalism at Northwestern University.

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