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Target, Best Buy, Supervalu among retailers impacted by Hurricane Sandy

Minneapolis-based Target and Richfield-based Best Buy closed roughly 200 stores on the east coast because of Hurricane Sandy on Monday. Eden Prairie-based Supervalu closed about 20 of its Acme Market stores.
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Minneapolis-based Target and Richfield-based Best Buy closed roughly 200 stores on the East Coast because of storm on Monday, MPR reports. Eden Prairie-based Supervalu closed about 20 of its Acme Market stores.

MSN Money reports, Target and Supervalu sent truckloads of bottled water, batteries and other essential items to regional distribution centers in the days before the storm to quickly restock shelves.

The Business Journal reports Minnetonka-based hospitality company Carlson, which owns T.G.I. Friday's and Radisson hotels among other businesses, said it had closed 27 restaurants on the East Coast.

Meanwhile, Wall Street remained dark for the second straight day Tuesday in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Forbes reports.

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