Gaviidae II to get a $3.8M face-lift

  • Article by: Janet Moore , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 15, 2013 - 6:28 AM

The Nicollet Mall mainstay’s new owner says the retail complex needs a freshening.

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dtmonkeyboyFeb. 14, 1310:10 PM

Time and time again, we hear from posters on this site how Minneapolis can't manage and that it is a dump...and yet it is having an all time record of private investment. Meanwhile, republican strongholds like Lakeville, Woodbury etc. are sorely lacking any investment.

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turkey_88Feb. 14, 1310:51 PM

Time and again I see Republicans posting comments like yours and then you go do the same thing... sad. Really doesn't do anyone any good. ON the upside - it'll be nice if they redo that food court - it's getting more than a bit tacky and dated.

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CocoLotionFeb. 15, 13 7:16 AM

they're 'looking to fill the needs of the people downtown' so they're putting in white tablecloth dining. shaking my head...

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thrillhouse1Feb. 15, 13 7:51 AM

The Gaviidae reminds me of Target Center, bland and reeks of 90s design trends.

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mspshadowFeb. 15, 13 9:10 AM

Tear it down and replace it with a decent department store, like Kohl's. And be sure to put in plenty of street access.

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kbehmFeb. 15, 13 9:38 AM

Can we get rid of the cheesy "State Fair" theme in the food court?

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AdmiralJoseFeb. 15, 13 9:56 AM

It's actually "State Fare" in the food court. It would be better if it were "State Fair"

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cd1goperFeb. 15, 1310:17 AM

Why have a food court for a wing that is essentially vacant? Here's why people have stopped shopping in Downtown Minneapolis. First, parking is expensive and inconvenient. Since they eliminated the do the town parking, it's gotten where fewer and fewer retailers even validate parking. In addition, you can't walk around the Nicollet Mall or the City Center without being panhandled, threatened by gangs or seeing people drinking out of brown paper bags or worse. Get rid of the downtown crime, bring back free parking and make the place more inviting to shop. I already miss Neiman Marcus! Bring it back to MN!

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bracystakeFeb. 15, 1311:05 AM

Yes! Gaviidae is a functioning building that with a little bit of attention can become a great anchor building within the revitalization of Nicollet Mall and downtown Minneapolis. The location of the food court upstairs with immediate access to the skyway is okay for customers but awful for the retail businesses. They see little traffic from those in the food courts. It is a dark and stifling building, even when moving between the two Gaviidaes. I'm looking foward to seeing the improvements and visiting a bit more.

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stmosquitoFeb. 15, 13 2:58 PM

I remember when Nicollet Mall and downtown was fun, with record stores and unique shops that didn't cater only to those with 6 figure salaries. Well, there's quite a few of us who work for those 6 figure folks and, aside from a beer at happy hour, there's no reason for us to stick around and spend money at over-priced clothing stores. But the good old days will never be back because those fun little shops can afford the rent and, judging by how much turnover there's been outside of the anchor stores, neither can anyone else. Keep it up - we'll come to work and then we'll go home at 5:00, leaving Nicollet and 7th to the nasty bus stop, litterbugs, preachers who spout hate and loiterers with nothing better to do than drive people away.

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