The Target is open! Ahead of schedule, too. I stopped by tonight to check the place out, and it's not bad. For the most part, just a bog-standard Target, though they do have a Starbucks and a decently stocked groceries section (though they don't carry produce). Of course the Park Rd. Giant is only a block away, so I don't think many people will be doing their main food shopping at Target, but it's a nice supplement.
Disappointing discovery: despite what the Washingtonian reported, I didn't see any beer or wine for sale inside. Did I just miss it?
Also, Columbia Heights has now joined the elite ranks of those neighborhoods with two separate Starbucks across the street from each other. Be proud, fellow residents, for we have arrived.
All in all, I'm happy with the new place. The creeping suburbanization of the neighborhood (particularly the big parking garage that's accompanying the shopping center) is not totally ideal, but it's nice to not need to trek out to Maryland for shopping trips. Now if only we can get that REI...