Web scraping is a faster and efficient way to get details of store locations for a particular website rather than taking the time to gather details manually. This tutorial is about scraping store locations and contact details available on Target.com, one of the largest discount store retailers in the U.S.
For this tutorial, our scraper will extract the details of store information by a given zip code.
Here is a list of fields we will be extracting:
- Store Name
- Week Day
- Hours Open
- Phone Number
Below is a screenshot of the data that will be extracted as part of this tutorial.
There is a lot more data we could scrape from the store detail page on Target such as pharmacy and grocery timings, but for now, we’ll stick to these.
- Construct the URL of the search results page from Target. Let’s take the location Clinton, New York. We’ll have to create this URL manually to scrape results from that page-https://www.target.com/store-locator/find-stores?address=12901&capabilities=&concept=
- Download HTML of the search result page using Python Requests – Quite easy, once you have the URL. We use Python requests to download the entire HTML of this page.
- Parse the page using LXML – LXML lets you navigate the HTML Tree Structure using Xpaths. We have predefined the XPaths for the details we need in the code.
- Save the data to a JSON file.
For this web scraping tutorial using Python 3, we will need some packages for downloading and parsing the HTML. Below are the package requirements.
Install Python 3 and Pip
Here is a guide to install Python 3 in Linux – http://docs.python-guide.org/en/latest/starting/install3/linux/
Mac Users can follow this guide – http://docs.python-guide.org/en/latest/starting/install3/osx/
Windows Users go here – https://www.scrapehero.com/how-to-install-python3-in-windows-10/
- PIP to install the following packages in Python (https://pip.pypa.io/en/stable/installing/)
- Python Requests, to make requests and download the HTML content of the pages ( http://docs.python-requests.org/en/master/user/install/).
- Python LXML, for parsing the HTML Tree Structure using Xpaths (Learn how to install that here – http://lxml.de/installation.html)
- UnicodeCSV for handling Unicode characters in the output file. Install it using pip install unicodecsv.
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If you would like the code in Python 2.7 you can check out the link here https://gist.github.com/scrapehero/fbf04332e2a26c326dab9b53e23a8dee
Running the Scraper
Assuming the scraper is named target.py. If you type in the script name in command prompt along with a -h
usage: target.py [-h] zipcode
zipcode Zip code
-h, --help show this help message and exit
The argument zip code is the zip code to find the stores near the particular location.
As an example, to find all the target stores in and near Clinton, New York we would put the argument as 12901 for zip code:
python target.py 12901
This will create a JSON output file called 12901-locations.json that will be in the same folder as the script.
The output file will look similar to this.
"Street": "60 Smithfield Blvd",
"Contact": "(518) 247-4961",
"Country": "United States",
"Week Day": "Monday-Friday",
"Open Hours": "8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m."
"Week Day": "Saturday",
"Open Hours": "8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m."
"Week Day": "Sunday",
"Open Hours": "8:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m."
You can download the code at https://gist.github.com/scrapehero/28189c8aef53e75921cfea49c5ced053
Let us know in the comments below how this scraper worked for you.
This code should work for extracting details of Target stores for all zip codes available on Target.com. If you want to scrape the details of thousands of pages you should read Scalable do-it-yourself scraping – How to build and run scrapers on a large scale and How to prevent getting blacklisted while scraping.
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