A run-of-the-mill Target run turned into a surprise meet and greet with Taylor Swift for Nashville residents on Tuesday night.
“We always have this tradition of going to Target to go buy the album, and so we’re gonna go do that,” she announced while sitting next to her cat at home.
Once at the store, Swift headed straight to the Reputation display, but it wasn’t long before she was noticed by fans. The pop star stopped to take photos with fans and sign copies of her new album, which dropped last Friday, and she even found some past connections with her admirers — one showed her a photo from their meeting years ago before they both squealed, “We were babies!” while another shared that his band performed a Swift cover for their audition on X Factor.
Swift also documented just how unexpected the chance encounter came to shoppers.
“I live across the street and just came to get this for dinner,” said one man holding a jar of spaghetti sauce. “And that happened.”
The singer also took the time to thank Target employees for sticking it out through the busy album release.
Eyewitness Chandler Turner told Entertainment Tonight that it all went down around 6:30 p.m. local time, and it appeared that Swift made the Target run with her backup singers and dancers.
He said Swift was completely accommodating to her large group of gathered fans, sharing she “took photos with every single fan, young and old.”
“It also stood out to me when she said it was a tradition to come to that Target and buy her album,” Turner explained.
He added, “Old Taylor is very much not dead.”
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Starstruck fans also took to their own social media pages to share their photos and experiences.
“Just made Taylor Swift laugh at @Target and my life is complete,” wrote Turner, who snapped photos with the superstar.
A woman added, “Went to Target to buy toothpaste and Taylor Swift walked in. Welcome to Nashville.”
On Monday, Swift and AT&T hosted a secret, invite-only event at the reputation pop-up in N.Y.C. for 200 of her fans to celebrate reputation and the launch of “The Making of a Song” video series on AT&T’s Taylor Swift Now channel.
At the event, Swift thanked fans for attending and supporting her new album and posed for individual photos with each person.
Swift also announced this week that she’s hitting the road for the first time in two years. The pop star announced stadium dates for an upcoming concert tour. Kicking off May 8 in Glendale, Arizona, the 27-date trek will support her sixth album before wrapping up in Arlington, Texas, on Oct. 6.