Up to 167 Target stores across Australia are facing closure or conversion to a Kmart store following the announcement of a major reshuffle in the Kmart Group.
Wesfarmers, which owns Kmart, Target, Bunnings, Officeworks and Catch, announced a host of changes to stores across the country on Friday morning.
Across the country 52 Target Country outlets deemed suitable will be converted to small format Kmart stores, while 50 will be closed.
Large format Target stores will see 10 to 40 conversions to Kmart while a further 10 to 25 face closure depending on ongoing landlord negotiations.
It is expected most changes will occur in 2021.
A spokesperson for Target Australia said the company was unable to comment on the future of individual stores.
Stores at Wagga, Tumut, Cootamundra and Leeton are classified as Target Country, with Griffith's store a non-country outlet.
The Wagga store is just a short walk away from an existing Kmart.
In a statement, Wesfarmers said the changes were part of a plan to "accelerate the growth of Kmart and address the unsustainable financial performance of Target."
"All team members in Target stores scheduled for conversion to Kmart will receive an offer of employment from Kmart," the statement read.
"For other affected Target team members, we will work with them to identify and offer other redeployment opportunities in Kmart, Catch, Bunnings and Officeworks as these businesses continue to grow."