It's official. Hesperia now has its own Target, a Super Target at that.


Following a soft opening that began last Tuesday, the store on the west side of the I-15 at Main Street opened its doors to all shoppers.


The new store offers an array of household products, a pharmacy, optical department and groceries under one roof.


"The new Super Target brings a long tradition of community giving and our one-stop-shop philosophy to the Hesperia community," said David Parker of Target.


The Hesperia City Council moved its regularly scheduled Tuesday night meeting to earlier in the afternoon so councilmembers could attend a special ceremony at the new Target location.


The Lewis Companies project, named the High Desert Gateway shopping center, broke ground in September of 2007. Last Sunday's opening was on schedule.


When first announced, the new shopping center was expected to generate an estimated $1 million in annual sales tax. The store is now the largest retail store in Hesperia. Previously, the largest was K-Mart, which opened at Main Street and E Avenue in 1988.


The Super Target center, which sits on 32.7 acres, will have a total of more than 360,000 square feet when completed.


With the Hesperia's store's Oct. 12 opening, the Minneapolis-based Target now has 1,685 stores in 48 states.