Hubert White store remodeling bodes well for downtown retail boom

  • Article by: Janet Moore , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 20, 2013 - 9:12 PM

Hubert White’s remodeled store in the IDS Center has it positioned for shoppers.

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twincitizen1May. 21, 1311:03 AM

Excellent store with friendly, helpful employees. If I could afford to do so, I'd shop there all the time.

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hjlazniMay. 21, 13 1:49 PM

Wow, I have lived within 1 block of the Nicollet Mall now for 11 years and I was an original developer of the 50 story The Nicollet development and the Carlyle site so I know a lot about downtown Minneapolis business. Downtown has changed a lot over these 11 years. Substantial residential development occurred along Washington Avenue instead of the Nicollet Mall and Hennepin Avenue. In speaking with people, I have found that the Washington Avenue people shop at Rosedale instead of the Nicollet Mall which corroborates the continual closing of well known retail along the Nicollet Mall. Over the last two years, the Nicollet Mall has been populated by more and more beggars and people whose loud and foul language I expect are chasing away people with plastic and cash retailers need to survive. Building many upscale rentals along the Nicollet Mall and near Loring Park on LaSalle and possibly near the new Vikings Stadium to rent for up to $2.55 per square foot per month rent is not the same as actually renting them. These new projects will also face serious competition with upscale Uptown area developments that do not suffer from these same issues I have named above. The City of Minneapolis needs to enact and enforce Nuisance Ordinances to make Downtown a welcome place rather than depend on what some call the "crabgrass theory", newly planted lawn crowding out the crabgrass and the crabgrass will disappear. Minneapolis is at another crossroad.

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