By  on October 25, 2011

Target Corp.’s Web site crashed again Tuesday as the company tried to steady its e-commerce legs after ending a decadelong deal with Amazon in August.

The site also crashed in September as shoppers rushed to order brightly patterned goods from the popular Missoni for Target collection.

A spokesman for the cheap-chic retailer said the site was down for about two-and-a-half hours. “Target strives to deliver an exceptional guest experience in our stores and online, and we regret the inconvenience to our guests,” he said.

Earlier this month, Steve Eastman left the company as president of its Web operations. Target has painted the new Web site as its “first step” toward an aggressive multichannel expansion.

The Internet gremlins appeared to be working overtime Tuesday.

By late afternoon, Coach Inc.’s Web site had also gone dark, which a spokesman attributed to a temporary server problem. “This is a short-term issue,” he said. “We expect the site to be up in the next several hours."

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