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Target shops in Visalia and Tulare closed Sunday morning after protests forced the company to close six stores across the country in an effort to maintain employee safety.

Visalia Target Greatland, Visalia Target North and Tulare Super Target close at 5 p.m. Sunday “due to the changing nature of protest activities” and will reopen at 8 Monday, company officials announced.

“We adjust the hours or close more than 200 stores over the weekend,” said a Target spokesman.

It is unclear whether the initial closure will continue until this week.

After protesters took to the streets last Thursday, a Target shop in St. Paul, Minnesota, became the poster child for the increasing riots in the city.

With similar situations across the country occurring, and employee safety in mind, Target announced on Sunday that it would close six locations in the US until further notice.

No protests or looting occurred in Tulare District with the exception of Jeep knocking down two protesters on Mooney Boulevard on Saturday afternoon after protesters threw water bottles at vehicles and blocked traffic, Visalia Police Chief Jason Salazar said.

There was no arrest.

The Minneapolis-based company said earlier in a statement that it was heartbroken by the murder of George Floyd and the pain of his death caused people across the country.

Contributing: USA Today

Joshua Yeager including water, agriculture, parks and housing for the Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Advance-Register newspapers. Follow him Indonesia @VTD_Joshy. Get alerts and keep up with everything in Tulare County for only $ 1 a month. Subscribe today.

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