Target has been under pressure for their policy of allowing men to use the women’s restrooms. Millions of parents signed petitions opposing the outrageous policy, as it is a public safety risk.
Now, after disastrous financial reports, Target has had to back off their transgender policy, and spend $20 million to add private bathroom facilities to all of their stores.
Their second quarter earnings fell 9.7%, which reduces the store’s sales estimates for the entire year. The Stock has already dropped 6.7% just this week.
Clearly, Target has suffered from the backlash from their outrageous policy:
Target is spending millions to add private single-stall locking bathrooms at many of its stores as it looks to reverse a drop in shopper traffic, some of which may have been caused by the retailer’s transgender-friendly bathroom policy.
In April, the discounter said on a blog that transgender workers and customers could use the restroom aligned with the gender they identify with, wading into a national controversy and raising the ire of part of its clientele. The move led to a purported boycott of Target by at least one million customers, many of whom argued that Target’s policy would increase sexual assaults.
While many retailers have the same policy, including Macy’s and Barnes & Noble, Target planted its flag on the issue in a blog post in which it explained the policy by saying “inclusivity is a core belief at Target.”
Though company executives downplayed the impact of the backlash in May when discussing first-quarter results, and again on Wednesday to go over its second-quarter numbers, which included its first drop in shopper traffic since early 2014, Target is making concessions to customers displeased with the bathroom policy. So Target is spending $20 million to add private bathrooms that can be locked.
“It’s clear that some of our guests like and some dislike our inclusive bathroom policy,” Target chief financial officer Cathy Smith told reporters on a media briefing. The vast majority of Target stores already have the single-stall bathrooms but the retailer will add them to more locations by November, and then again after the holiday season, which it doesn’t want to disrupt with repairs, and be done by March.
Target has reported a 2.2% drop in store traffic between May in July, and sales continue to decline every day.
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