It's hard to believe, but Santa Barbara and Goleta have never had a Target store.
Land-use and traffic issues, along with lack of available space and other factors, have been barriers, but now that's changing in a big way.
The first of two Target stores has had its ribbon cutting.
A smaller, neighborhood-size Target store has taken over the old Galleria building at State and La Cumbre.
Residents and city leaders were among the first to walk in Tuesday evening.
The larger, full-sized Target will be open later this year in Goleta. It will occupy the site of a former K-Mart store at Hollister and Stork Road.