Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

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tedlanda2571
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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby tedlanda2571 » January 27th, 2021, 12:28 am

As long as headquarters is next door, this store will exist
Great. You just cursed it.

In all seriousness though, I know some influential Target employees that are in no hurry to get back downtown with all that’s going on. It’s kinda becoming chicken and egg.

grant1simons2
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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby grant1simons2 » January 27th, 2021, 5:49 pm

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.

Austinite
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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby Austinite » January 27th, 2021, 10:56 pm

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.

Austinite
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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby Austinite » January 27th, 2021, 10:59 pm

Also - even though I shopped at the Target liquor store on Nicollet, I was never a fan of it opening, considering the number of homeless people and those who obviously had drinking problems whom were already loitering in the area. Bad part on the city for allowing it to open. I thought that per the city ordinance liquor stores weren't allowed to be so close to one another Think it hurt sales at Haskells down the street.

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby grrdanko » January 28th, 2021, 8:16 am

Also - even though I shopped at the Target liquor store on Nicollet, I was never a fan of it opening, considering the number of homeless people and those who obviously had drinking problems whom were already loitering in the area. Bad part on the city for allowing it to open. I thought that per the city ordinance liquor stores weren't allowed to be so close to one another Think it hurt sales at Haskells down the street.
Pre pandemic Haskell's had limited selection of everything other than wine and limited hours.

I think the Target liquor store was pretty good.

As a city we should work to fix the homelessness problem not prohibit certain businesses in certain areas.

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby grant1simons2 » January 28th, 2021, 9:53 am

Downtown has been like this since I started actively going there in 2013. Gap closed and was an empty space for 2 years. City Center had a crappy Office Max in its space, which is now another poorly designed store, and Sports Authority lasted less than a year. Barnes and Noble was good, then it was replaced by some crappy steak place that covered all their windows up and stuck a bathroom on the corner of Nicollet. Walgreens was in a dumb 1 story building and has since moved to a nicer 2 story space.

I could keep going with the weird examples of changes happening downtown, but this year is no exception, and I'm really tired of people on here claiming this is the rapture of downtown because they're noticing our disparities that have ALWAYS existed. People are slowly coming back downtown, but the social issues will persist until we get real leadership on the matter. What's annoying is that businesses continue to use this as a reason why they have problems downtown, and not blame poor management, strange hours or lack of effort put into a space. I'm really happy with the new DGX, and I hope that becomes the model for what should exist on Nicollet. We need a range of retail, and honestly the pandemic highlighted just how many bloated restaurant spaces cater only to the office folks.

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby COLSLAW5 » January 29th, 2021, 10:35 am

Changing of topic but the closed CVS on Hennepin appears to be operating as a CVS branded Covid testing site. Considering it topped by a parking ramp and near transit this would probably also make a really good vaccination site as it a large open space.

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby TroyGBiv » January 30th, 2021, 12:36 am

Downtown has been like this since I started actively going there in 2013. Gap closed and was an empty space for 2 years. City Center had a crappy Office Max in its space, which is now another poorly designed store, and Sports Authority lasted less than a year. Barnes and Noble was good, then it was replaced by some crappy steak place that covered all their windows up and stuck a bathroom on the corner of Nicollet. Walgreens was in a dumb 1 story building and has since moved to a nicer 2 story space.

I could keep going with the weird examples of changes happening downtown, but this year is no exception, and I'm really tired of people on here claiming this is the rapture of downtown because they're noticing our disparities that have ALWAYS existed. People are slowly coming back downtown, but the social issues will persist until we get real leadership on the matter. What's annoying is that businesses continue to use this as a reason why they have problems downtown, and not blame poor management, strange hours or lack of effort put into a space. I'm really happy with the new DGX, and I hope that becomes the model for what should exist on Nicollet. We need a range of retail, and honestly the pandemic highlighted just how many bloated restaurant spaces cater only to the office folks.
You raise very good points! Retail has changed and we won’t see the era of department stores lining Nicollet like when I was younger, but you don’t see them anywhere anymore. There has been so much development - the entire East town is just a couple years old really, and still so many more residential projects continue to change the urban mix. I think we’ll see people back in town, neighborhoods “maturing” and better positioned retail throughout the expanding downtown.

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby amiller92 » February 1st, 2021, 10:56 am

Also - even though I shopped at the Target liquor store on Nicollet, I was never a fan of it opening, considering the number of homeless people and those who obviously had drinking problems whom were already loitering in the area. Bad part on the city for allowing it to open. I thought that per the city ordinance liquor stores weren't allowed to be so close to one another Think it hurt sales at Haskells down the street.
I think it opened after the one in the skyway closed.

As you note, Haskells was down the street for those "loitering" in the area.


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