Target will close its Slidell location on Feb. 3, a spokeswoman for the retailer confirmed Tuesday, saying that every store's performance is evaluated annually and decisions to close stores typically stem from seeing several years of decreasing profitability.

"This decision was not made lightly," Erin Conroy said in an email.

"We close a handful of stores each year through a very intentional process to ensure the continued health of our portfolio," she said, adding that the retailer opened 32 stores in 2017.

The Slidell store is located on Airport Road, an area that has seen a large number of stores shut down, particularly in the nearby North Shore Square mall, which lost Sears, JCPenney and Burlington Coat Factory.

A number of stores in the Airport Road area have relocated to the booming Fremaux Town Center on the southern end of Slidell.

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The Slidell closure leaves St. Tammany Parish with only one Target store, in Covington.

News of the impending closure was circulating on social media, with a petition drive appearing on Facebook asking Target to reverse its decision. An operator at the Slidell store said they had been informed of the decision Monday.

Conroy said that all eligible employees at the store are being offered the option to transfer to other Target stores.

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