UPDATE: Target Closes 24 Twin Cities Stores Over Rioting and Looting Concerns

UPDATE: Target Closes 24 Twin Cities Stores Over Rioting and Looting Concerns Click to Enlarge Photo: Target Pressroom

UPDATE: 8:43 a.m. Friday, May 29, 2020:

(KNSI) - Target has closed two dozen of its stores amid growing concerns of more rioting and violence in the coming days.

The Minneapolis based company said Thursday they had closed 14 locations immediately and until further notice. There are now ten more stores being added to that list. They are:

  • Crystal
  • Eden Prairie
  • Shoreview
  • Fridley
  • Richfield
  • Burnsville
  • Bloomington
  • Apple Valley
  • Apple Valley South

KNSI has contacted the St. Cloud stores and they are open today with regular business hours. We will let you know if that changes.

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Original story posted at 7:38 p.m. May 28, 2020:

(KNSI) - Effective immediately and until further notice, Minneapolis based Target has closed 14 stores in the Twin Cities area.

In a press release, the company says they are heartbroken over what happened to George Floyd and the pain it is causing in the community. Their main focus is the safety and security of its employees and helping the community heal.

Here's a list of the stores that are closed.

  • North St. Paul
  • West St. Paul
  • St. Paul's East Side
  • St. Paul Highland Park
  • St. Paul Midway
  • Minneapolis Nicollet Mall
  • Minneapolis Lake Street
  • Minneapolis Dinkytown
  • Minneapolis Uptown
  • Oakdale
  • Brooklyn Park
  • Roseville
  • Knollwood
  • St. Louis Park

The stores selected were either near or in the middle of the violent demonstrations that broke out Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon.

Looters and vandals took to the streets of St. Paul Thursday damaging stores, including the Target in Midway, which was surrounded by police officers in an effort to keep people out. The Oakdale store was likely closed as it is in the same city where Officer Derek Chauvin lives. Chauvin is the officer seen in a video kneeling on Floyd's neck.

Demonstrators showed up outside his home this week, splattering red paint in his driveway and scrawling the word "murderer."

The Minneapolis Nicollet Mall store is the company's flagship store. The storefront was boarded up Thursday afternoon in preparation for a demonstration downtown.

Floyd lived in St. Louis Park at the time of his death, likely leading to the closure of the Target in that city. The Knollwood store is located just down Highway 7 from St. Louis Park.

The Target stores in St. Cloud are still open and operating.