Temecula Valley Walmart, Target locations close early Sunday, ostensibly due to nationwide protests

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The Target store in Lake Elsinore displayed a sign Sunday afternoon stating that the store had closed at 5 p.m., though the sign gave no indication as to why. Valley News/Brooke Mason courtesy photo

Some Target and Walmart locations in the Temecula Valley were closing early Sunday night, apparently in the face of protests that have erupted into riots and resulted in property damage and theft nationwide, although there have been no reports of rioting anywhere in Southwest Riverside County.

A worker who answered the phone at the Temecula Parkway Walmart confirmed to a Valley News reporter that the store had closed at 5 p.m., although the worker would not explain why.

The Target in Lake Elsinore was displaying a sign at its entrance Sunday afternoon that said the store had closed at 5 p.m., which it attributed only to “the circumstances around us.” The store will reopen at 8 a.m., according to the sign.

Other local stores, including the Walmart location in Murrieta and Target stores in Murrieta and Temecula, did not answer the phone Sunday evening.

Will Fritz can be reached by email at wfritz@reedermedia.com.

Staff Writer Jeff Pack contributed to this story.