In an effort to keep an area Target store from closing permanently after the holidays, a group has started a petition to try to save the retailer.
The Target store located on Cane Ridge Road in Antioch announced last week they plan to close the store on February 2, 2013.
Since then, a group of residents, including Pastor Keith Vincent, have joined together and started a petition to help save the store.
"The response has been overwhelming because we receive a lot of people's feedback, saying how they don't want the store to go. I mean it means so much to the community," said Vincent.
Currently more than nearly 600 people have signed the petition.
Several closures of other big retailers in the area have left residents frustrated."It's not as much about the Target for me as it is about everything else just going away and getting out of here," said Antioch resident Nathan Westerfield.Best Buy, Macy's and Sears have all recently closed locations in Hickory Hollow."With everything closing over there and this closing over here, I just want something to stick around and it to still be a good area. Especially since I am a homeowner here," continued Westerfield.Store officials for Target said the decision to close the retailer, which opened in 1981, comes after reviewing the store's financial performance. Eligible employees will have the option to transfer to other area Target stores. Target currently has more than 1,700 stores across the country.