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Re: Downtown Retail News

Postby xandrex » June 5th, 2014, 10:11 am

Definitely love the idea of Walgreens getting a bigger and better space. I loved visiting the flagship in Chicago. It was a spectacular space with the right mix of convenience and every day goods.

I do wonder how this dynamic will play out/affect Target. Presumably this will be skyway connected in a way similar to how Target is, meaning that there will be two general merchandise places for the working crowd to visit separated by only two blocks. Sure, the Targetrons will keep on going, but when I worked on the eastern end of skyway-connected downtown, a group of us would walk over to Target nearly every day to grab a snack, something we needed for after the work day, or just stretch our legs. Walgreens would be slightly closer. I imagine a decent chunk of downtown would fall under similar circumstances.

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Re: Downtown Retail News

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Re: Downtown Retail News

Postby John » June 5th, 2014, 4:29 pm

The best news about this project is it will hopefully open up the current Walgreen's site to be redeveloped and/or renovated. It's one of the worst looking properties on Nicollet Mall.

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Re: Downtown Retail News

Postby MNdible » June 5th, 2014, 4:44 pm

I don't know that the existing Walgreens building is that bad. It needs a little TLC, no doubt, but it's also one of our best opportunities to add some more doors onto Nicollet Mall (which is what the urbanists demand). Do we know what the story with the upper floor of this building is?

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Re: Downtown Retail News

Postby John » June 5th, 2014, 7:00 pm

MNdible wrote:I don't know that the existing Walgreens building is that bad. It needs a little TLC, no doubt, but it's also one of our best opportunities to add some more doors onto Nicollet Mall (which is what the urbanists demand). Do we know what the story with the upper floor of this building is?
It was a restaurant called "The Magic Pan" back in the early 80's. Not sure if it empty or occupied at this time.

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Re: Downtown Retail News

Postby Aville_37 » June 5th, 2014, 7:30 pm

Wasn't it also a really popular asian restaurant at one time after that?

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Re: Downtown Retail News

Postby xandrex » June 5th, 2014, 7:37 pm

A reporter at the Pioneer Press says a spokesperson from Saks told her they're looking for another downtown Minneapolis location. Perhaps this is just downsizing?

https://twitter.com/nancyngotc/status/4 ... 0251886595

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Re: Downtown Retail News

Postby Silophant » June 5th, 2014, 8:21 pm

Hm... They could anchor the proposed City Center renovation?

I wonder if they'll go back to being a real (though smaller) Saks 5th Avenue store. To me, at least, it would seem strange to have two outlet stores 10 miles apart when there's not a normal store until Chicago.

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Re: Downtown Retail News

Postby TommyT » June 9th, 2014, 12:03 pm

The Saloon has taken down the Hotel Amsterdam sign from the side of the building and is looking into restoring it and possibly using it inside the bar or selling it. Sad day, that sign and the Gay 90's signs are relics of gay history in Minneapolis and neither should be taken down if the business is still there... IMHO.

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Re: Downtown Retail News

Postby FISHMANPET » June 9th, 2014, 12:07 pm

I'm pretty sure the Hotel is closed, so the business is in fact not there anymore.

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Re: Downtown Retail News

Postby TommyT » June 9th, 2014, 12:10 pm

FISHMANPET wrote:I'm pretty sure the Hotel is closed, so the business is in fact not there anymore.
That's true... the hotel is closed, but it was a piece of The Saloon.

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Re: Downtown Retail News

Postby HiawathaGuy » June 9th, 2014, 12:15 pm

Yes, Hotel Amsterdam closed several years ago. If only they'd build an elevator off the back of the Saloon and use the 2nd & 3rd floors for bar space. Perhaps cutting the floor away above the main dance floor and having a balcony. Ahhh, to have unlimited cash to do things...

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Re: Downtown Retail News

Postby uptowncarag » June 9th, 2014, 1:03 pm

I don't think the Saloon, which was originally called the Hurry Y'all Back Saloon and the Gay 90's started out as gay bars. I could be wrong.

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Re: Downtown Retail News

Postby twincitizen » June 9th, 2014, 3:22 pm

Believe it or not, it is actually a violation of the zoning code to have an "abandoned sign" which advertises a business or product no longer offered at that location. Of course there are historical exemptions to this rule, and the city (wisely, IMO) doesn't strictly enforce this ordinance. However, I have been meaning to email a complaint regarding the "Cherryhomes for Mayor" sign looming over Lake Street (@ Harriet Ave) :geek:

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Re: Downtown Retail News

Postby HiawathaGuy » June 9th, 2014, 3:27 pm

uptowncarag wrote:I don't think the Saloon, which was originally called the Hurry Y'all Back Saloon and the Gay 90's started out as gay bars. I could be wrong.
It's the "Y'all Come Back Saloon", the credit card statements still show up as that. Owners John & Andy were both bar tenders there and bought it 35 years ago. It was indeed a gay bar back when they worked there. FWIW, the 19 Bar is the only gay bar that is older in Minneapolis.
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Re: Downtown Retail News

Postby PhilmerPhil » June 9th, 2014, 3:28 pm

I still see Bob Fine signs scattered throughout the city at random LLC owned rental properties.

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Re: Downtown Retail News

Postby mattaudio » June 9th, 2014, 3:40 pm

There's a Cherryholmes sign at 42nd and Chicago, too.

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Re: Downtown Retail News

Postby twincitizen » June 16th, 2014, 8:17 am

The upscale apartment boom’s demographic changes give retailers new opportunities:
http://www.startribune.com/local/minnea ... 90931.html

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Re: Downtown Retail News

Postby John » June 16th, 2014, 12:06 pm

^^^Good article and I agree we are at a tipping point for much stronger retail growth downtown over the next few years. The article specifically mentions the inward orientation of the shopping malls on Nicollet Mall ( in addition to the skyways) as being deterrents to pedestrian oriented retail. Nicollet Mall may never be Newbury Street in Boston, however I think its imperative that the city encourage property owners along Nicollet spend to some real money and update these malls to truly improve the transparency of these complexes facing Nicollet Mall. Also, the new projects that go into remaining vacant lots on the north end should be absolutely expected to include a strong retail component. If all this happened it will become a great shopping destination once again.


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