Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby seanrichardryan » April 8th, 2021, 3:17 pm

So maybe not every store should have an urban format. :roll: https://twitter.com/MplsPedestrian/stat ... 9510581252
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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby twincitizen » April 9th, 2021, 9:41 am

Having flashbacks (probably documented in this thread) from when the building owner came to the city asking for a variance to turn part of the space into non-retail, saying that they would never be able to attract a restaurant due to the building's lack of any loading dock. Surely the city prohibits them from pulling trucks up on the sidewalk (or even using Nicollet Mall for access).

The best (and only?) solution is probably to park the truck on 5th street and just block all car traffic while they unload. They would also need to put down some traffic cones at Marquette, so that any cars using 5th Street are forced to turn onto Marquette (preventing them from being forced onto Nicollet Mall). In that scenario, the only possible vehicles that could get detoured onto the Mall during unloading would be those coming out of the parking garage exit onto 5th (current RBC Plaza). Depending on the time of day they deliver, that could be near zero cars. That's certainly a better solution than this nightmare.

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby grant1simons2 » April 9th, 2021, 9:43 am

Well that explains how the sign got dented. I go there a couple times a week, and was really curious about how a sign that high up was crunched.

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby Silophant » April 9th, 2021, 9:51 am

You wouldn't need to block all car traffic on 5th, just shunt it over to the other side of the LRT tracks. They'd have to turn right on Hennepin then instead of being able to turn left or continue straight, but that doesn't seem like a huge deal for, what, maybe an hour or so?

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby grant1simons2 » April 9th, 2021, 10:12 am

Yesterday I saw the guy using an electric assist pallet, parked on 6th St.

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby MinnMonkey » April 22nd, 2021, 3:23 pm

Star Tribune had an article talking about how most downtown business are planning on starting to remove the boarded up windows starting next week.

They interviewed the owners of City Center, and they said they are leaving the boards up at 7th and Nicollet as they prepare the space for a new tenant. Does anyone recall who that tenant will be?

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby uptown82 » April 28th, 2021, 10:44 am

Sounds like Bell Bank is opening a branch at city center. Glad to see spaces filled but this does not add any shopping excitement to downtown

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby twincitizen » April 29th, 2021, 10:34 am

A bank branch is a perfect use of skyway level space. Hopefully something more interesting fills the ground-level former Sports Authority

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby MinnMonkey » April 30th, 2021, 2:31 pm

Farmers Market will be returning to Nicollet Mall starting June 3rd.

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby seanrichardryan » April 30th, 2021, 4:26 pm

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby go4guy » April 30th, 2021, 8:33 pm

May the Lord open!

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby MinnMonkey » May 5th, 2021, 10:10 am

Looks like Bad Axe is opening a location in City Center.

https://badaxethrowing.com/locations/ax ... ty-center/

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby uptownbro » May 5th, 2021, 11:59 am

Bad axe is a great time and I think it will draw people from all over. It will be a huge hit with those that live in downtown as well as those that work in the city.

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby Silophant » May 5th, 2021, 12:27 pm

Ooh, fun. 8,000 sq feet must be one of the street level corners - wonder if it's the old Prime 6 spot, or on Nicollet?

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby uptownbro » May 5th, 2021, 12:37 pm

Per axios a sports bar is going into the prime 6 space. Not sure if this would count as a sports bar but it also says saks off 5th has emptied there store

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby MinnMonkey » May 5th, 2021, 1:50 pm

Ooh, fun. 8,000 sq feet must be one of the street level corners - wonder if it's the old Prime 6 spot, or on Nicollet?
From City Centers leasing site, looks like it will be on 6th Street next to the tower entrance. Sounds like the sports bar is a separate tenant (which is great news for City Center).

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby Silophant » May 5th, 2021, 2:00 pm

Fascinating - the Hennepin half of the ground floor is fully leased, then. Wonder if there's any chance the ping-pong bar that was slated to go into the Embassy Suites space across 6th pre-pandemic could still happen?

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby Austinite » May 7th, 2021, 6:53 pm

Fascinating - the Hennepin half of the ground floor is fully leased, then. Wonder if there's any chance the ping-pong bar that was slated to go into the Embassy Suites space across 6th pre-pandemic could still happen?
Can someone give more deats on the restaurant moving into the old Prime 6 spot. Couldn't find it on Axios....

Also - great about the axe throwing place - hope it lasts and is doesn't turnout to be a "gimmeck" that dies a quick death.

About the new bank moving into City Center - again - really tired of banks taking up retail space especially in a building that is supposed to focus on "retail". The skyway level of IDS, and of other buildings - are being eaten up by banks/credit unions, etc. NOT a draw, doesn't create any excitement/interest. At maybe open up a location on the street level, with own entrance. The core of Minneapolis is very much becoming like the Loop in Chicago - 8-5. Nothing to do past 5 pm during the weekday, nada to do on the weekends. Now the Loop is making efforts to turn itself around and attract more retail, restaurants, etc.


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