Target has started to permanently close stores in several locations, as the economy struggles to maintain retail outlets.

Target is closing stores in New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia.

The retailer will shut three stores across three states in coming days.

A spokesperson said staff was informed of the decision months in advance.

Target’s store in Pasadena, South Australia will permanently close its doors on May 30.

The store in Campbelltown, in Sydney’s west, will shut on July 4, with staff told about the closure in early March.

Another store in WA will close in August.

“Target wants to thank our Pasadena, Campbelltown and Meadow Springs teams, the local community and all our customers for shopping with us and hopes they will continue to shop with us at our nearby Target stores,” the spokesperson said.

The closures are not in relation to a strategic review announced by Target last week.

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