Twin Cities retail on the road to recovery

Finance and Commerce reports a slate of store openings are scheduled this holiday season, bringing the metro's retail vacancy rate to the lowest its been since 2008.
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Finance and Commerce reports a slate of store openings are scheduled this holiday season, bringing the metro's retail vacancy rate to the lowest its been since 2008.

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