Target announces closure of 2 Minneapolis stores until further notice

The Uptown and Lake Street stores were damaged in last week's unrest.
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Target has announced that two of its Minneapolis stores will be closed indefinitely as they recover from the damage inflicted during last week's civil unrest.

Target has announced seven stores across the country will be closed until further notice following property damage and looting, including the Lake Street and Uptown stores in Minneapolis.

The Lake Street store was the scene of early looting on Wednesday, followed by property damage as rioters joined the protests outside the 3rd Police Precinct from Wednesday onwards.

The damage spread down Lake Street, reaching Target's smaller-format store on Lagoon Avenue in Uptown, which also took significant damage.

Target says its closed stores will reopen "when it's safe to do so," though the Lake Street store will take longer to repair.

Target has set a goal of reopening it in late 2020.

"The safety of our team and guests is our top priority. At this time, we are making the decision to adjust store hours or close stores temporarily," Target said in a release.

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"We recognize the important role we play in helping our communities shop for the food, medicine and other essentials they need. We apologize for the inconvenience and will reopen our stores on their normally scheduled hours as soon as it is safe to do so."

The retailer says its teams are working to supply local nonprofits in Minneapolis with First Aid supplies, water and essentials for riot-stricken families.

"We are now boarding the store up until we can survey the location and begin recovery efforts."

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