The expansion and overhaul at the Metreon in San Francisco has quickly taken shape over the last year – with shops and restaurants opening sporadically in 2012. But the centerpiece is set to open its doors to the public on Wednesday.

The soft opening for the City Target store is on Wednesday, with a grand opening celebration scheduled for October 14. The City Target store will be smaller in size than most normal Target stores, with a new look and more urban feel.

The Target is expected to be less like a spot where you fill up your trunk once a week with a bunch of different items and more about downtown workers and tourists who frequent the area near Fourth and Mission streets.

This is part of a new direction many big-box retailers are looking at – bringing in smaller stores in more densely packed areas. Target plans to open eight of these smaller stores nationwide by the end of 2013, already opening City Targets in Los Angeles, Chicago and Seattle. The company is also planning for a possible second store in San Francisco at the site of an old Mervyn’s on Geary and Masonic.

The new Target at the Metreon has also brought jobs to San Francisco with a staff of 300 employees.

City Target is located at 789 Mission Street and will be open Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.