WILKES-BARRE TWP. — It’s one of the questions most asked by readers in posts on Times Leader stories about Wednesday’s tornado: Is Target open?
The answer on Saturday was yes — and so are many other stores and restaurants in and around the affected area.
Arena Hub Plaza (contains Lowe’s) and Wilkes-Barre Township Commons (contains Target) are open to the public, but damaged areas are fenced or taped off.
Target and many surrounding stores were open, having been farther from the tornado’s path than Barnes & Noble, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Panera Bread, for example.
Even so, others closer to the destruction had returned to normal Saturday, including Best Buy, Bed Bath and Beyond, Lowe’s and Olive Garden.
That’s not a definitive list, so before you head out for Father’s Day shopping and dining you may wish to call ahead, as some stores that didn’t suffer direct damage remained closed awaiting power restoration.
Be alert, though: The construction fences have created detours, and more than a few motorists were driving slowly out of confusion — or simply to stop and take photos of the damage.