Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby LakeCharles » April 24th, 2017, 9:41 am

grant1simons2 wrote:
April 24th, 2017, 9:26 am
There are 2 bookstores downtown that are small businesses. Use those.
Do you mean Milkweed and Laurie? Those are not really replacements.

Laurie is North Loop, not downtown, and has a quite odd selection of old collectible books. It's fun, but I can't go buy the new Adichie novel, or Black Panther comic.

Milkweed is a better replacement, but is also not downtown (it's further from the IDS than the MIA is), is quite small (700 sq ft vs B&N's 25,000 sq ft), and focused on independent publishers, themselves foremost. Almost half their stock is poetry. Which is great! I love that store. But it's not a replacement.

I will miss having Barnes & Nobel downtown.

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby Silophant » April 24th, 2017, 9:56 am

Yeah, I should have said the downtown core. (Though, really, what I meant was "in the same block as my apartment")

And, I was also thinking of a general bookstore vs highly specialized ones. It'll get me to support Magers and Quinn more, now, though.

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby John21 » April 24th, 2017, 9:56 am

mnmike wrote:
April 24th, 2017, 9:11 am
FYI...not sure the date has been mentioned here, but I guess Barnes and Noble closes Friday.
Are they having a sale?

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby grant1simons2 » April 24th, 2017, 9:58 am

There's some hope at least. Amazon coming to Minneapolis could mean that they'll test stores here as well.

Amazon has been opening physical bookstores

https://qz.com/943870/amazon-amzn-will- ... s-in-2017/

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby Silophant » April 24th, 2017, 10:41 am

John21 wrote:
April 24th, 2017, 9:56 am
mnmike wrote:
April 24th, 2017, 9:11 am
FYI...not sure the date has been mentioned here, but I guess Barnes and Noble closes Friday.
Are they having a sale?
Most stuff is up to 50% off, or was last week.

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby LakeCharles » April 24th, 2017, 11:28 am

They won't be having any more of a sale than they currently are, which is 50% off select things. Fiction, non-fiction, etc. books are not on sale, and will not be going on sale. They'll just be going back to the publisher.

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby amiller92 » May 3rd, 2017, 1:28 pm

There is now a large sign saying Nordstrom Rack will open on Sept. 7.

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby mnmike » May 12th, 2017, 2:25 pm

It looks like Nordstrom Rack is walling off most of the windows...hopefully they will have lots of displays. I was hoping the storefront would be more transparent.

Also, it always makes me irrationally angry that Banana republic has no signage/display at all on their windows facing Nicollet. They used to have a little display on the skyway level facing 7th, but they even covered that and now it is just a little sign...and you can see through the frosted windows that they use the space for storage. Just drives me nuts...you would think they would at least have a sign facing the Nic and 7th corner so that people on the street and in other skyways could see they are there! Anyway, they will probably close before they would do a remodel, so I guess it is what it is. End random rant:)

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby amiller92 » July 10th, 2017, 12:24 pm

The Target liquor store is now open.

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby grant1simons2 » July 21st, 2017, 2:16 pm

Some good news regarding small retail spaces. Le Cache, a convenient store, is opening at 510 Marquette right in front of the Nicollet Mall LRT station.

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby Silophant » July 21st, 2017, 4:09 pm

Cool. That makes two businesses (Nic on Fifth Starbucks is the other) that have gone with street frontage for their main space/entrance and just a little, easily missed connection to the building's skyway lobby. Hope it catches on, rather than having more stuff like Kisa.

Also in downtown retail(ish) news:
There's a new dentist in the ground floor of the Baker block, right under the skyway to Northstar.
Roti opened this week in the IDS Center, getting it back down to a single (though huge) vacant space.
The Sports Authority space will become the Superb Owl Volunteer Center... which I guess at least activates the space through February. Better than nothing.

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby mnmike » July 21st, 2017, 4:27 pm

I think Kisa is closing...on the directory it now says the store name, but also "space for lease" next to it. Wouldn't surprise me...never anyone there, especially since moving downstairs.

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby moose » July 23rd, 2017, 6:48 pm

grant1simons2 wrote:
July 21st, 2017, 2:16 pm
Some good news regarding small retail spaces. Le Cache, a convenient store, is opening at 510 Marquette right in front of the Nicollet Mall LRT station.
amazing! its the small spaces that really fill out an area especially if they are a place people go when they are in NEED of something,

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby moose » July 23rd, 2017, 6:52 pm

I was really hoping to see a dunkin donuts in downtown [there were supposedly coming to the cities, I haven't seen any], I think the space between Nicollet Mall Station and Warehouse Station is a great location, I think there are some empty storefronts there that need filling, :]

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby jonnyengel » July 24th, 2017, 12:54 pm

Northern Coffeeworks opened up on Washington in the old comic store! It's awesome and serves coffee, beer, wine, and food (breakfast through dinner). Great addition to an already awesome neighborhood!

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby Silophant » August 9th, 2017, 11:35 am

In 'surprised it hadn't happened already' news, Skyway Liquors, in 6 Quebec, has closed.

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby PhilmerPhil » August 9th, 2017, 12:05 pm

Also Rund's Market on North 1st Street has closed. I'm surprised it made it so long after Whole Foods opened, but it's still sad to see neighborhood scale convenience retail close.

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby mattaudio » August 9th, 2017, 12:23 pm

Is that neighborhood convenience store on the street level of Churchill (near post office) still open? That's even closer to Whole Foods.

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby Silophant » August 9th, 2017, 12:28 pm

It is, at least as of a couple months ago. The bottle shop is still open as well, as far as I know.

I wonder if something else is going on at Heritage Landing. It could certainly be a coincidence, but having both of their retail tenants abruptly close within a couple months of each other is a little strange.

Edit: there's still a tailor there, for now.

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Re: Downtown Minneapolis Retail News

Postby xandrex » August 9th, 2017, 3:08 pm

That's too bad. I went there a couple of times when visiting friends in the North Loop. They always seemed to have a good variety of items and the prices were reasonable.


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