It's still super busy, not sure why people hanging out in front of the store would shut down a store. Already a bit ridiculous that it closes at 6. There's a big rush at 5 to get groceries before close.
I am sure once more people are back downtown, the hours will return to normal business hours.
Really sad about the state of downtown - I know other cities are also losing restaurants/businesses, but seems Mpls is really taking a huge hit - combination of the pandemic/riots and the weather I think. The long, cold winters don't help encourage people to venture out and support businesses. The change in shopping habits and safety concerns prior also didn't help.
Mpls really doesn't know what identity it wants - to be a place for residents or tourists. I personally think appealing to both are important. Can't really survive with only one. But I think now is the time to really work on attracting a wide range of new experiences downtown - since shopping and dining are so volatile. The the creation of the parks along the river front are great, but Mpls. should really work on luring additional cultural attractions to the downtown core. Bring back the zipline crossing the Mississippi, open art galleries again. People are drawn to things they can do/experience. And appeal to everyone - families, children, etc.