Douglas J. Dayton, who helped expand his grandfather’s Minneapolis dry goods business into a big-box boutique known for quality products, discount pricing and a fake French nickname — though most people just call it Target — died on Friday in Wayzata, Minn. He was 88.
The cause was cancer, his family said.
Mr. Dayton was one of six grandsons who went into the family business started by George D. Dayton, a New York banker and real estate investor. George Dayton moved to Minnesota in 1881 and by 1903 had established the Dayton Dry Goods Company.
Six decades later, after the dry goods store became a department store called the Dayton Company with locations around the Twin Cities, Douglas Dayton was made president of the company’s new subsidiary, a discount chain.