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Kavita Kumar

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Target will start giving workers masks and gloves and monitor the number of people shopping in a given store at one time.

Target will provide workers masks, gloves, monitor number of shoppers in stores

The Minneapolis-based retailer is strongly encouraging workers to wear the protective gear.
A Michael's craft store in Albany, N.Y. on March 24, 2020.

Michaels, Jo-Ann open despite state saying arts, crafts stores included in stay-at-home order

Michaels says it is essential because it provides fabric for homemade masks and supplies for children who are at home.
Best Buy says it will pay store workers through April 18, adding two more weeks as it handles a surge of online orders for office equipment and applia

Best Buy to pay employees for two more weeks while stores remain closed

The electronics retailer is busy filling online orders for home office equipment and appliances.
Best Buy will continue to offer curbside service, saying it is covered under essential services in Gov. Tim Walz's stay-at-home order.

What stores are 'essential' in Minnesota? It's murky and open to debate

In recent days, states and cities across the U.S. have defined essential differently in their stay-at-home orders.
Hy-Vees, such as the one in Robbinsdale, have put up shields at checkout lanes.

Stores banning reusable bags, putting up shields to keep workers safe

Area supermarkets, retailers, co-ops have stepped up efforts in the past week.
A sign displays outside of a Target store in Glenview, Ill., Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Grocery store chains and other retailers began offering specia

Target revises year's plan as sales surge 20% mainly because of coronavirus

Remodels will be scaled back, and fresh groceries, alcohol won't be offered for pickup.
A Target employee in Tulsa cleans door handles. Target has stepped up safety measures at its stores.

Target says it will clean checkout lanes after every transaction

The retailer will step up cleaning efforts, social distancing measures.
Driver Miguel Ramos of Richfield filled up his car with deliveries at the Amazon Prime Now hub in Minneapolis.

Armed with hand sanitizer, Minnesota delivery drivers on front lines of pandemic

Grocery-delivery service demand has boomed — and in an economy where many workers have at least temporarily lost their retail jobs overnight, the delivery services are hiring.
A Best Buy store in Richfield.

Best Buy to temporarily close all stores aside from curbside pickup

As the coronavirus pandemic accelerates, Richfield-based Best Buy has decided to temporarily close its stores aside from curbside pickup starting Sunday. The electronics chain has…
Target is upping pay for its hourly employees by $2.

Target extending pay raises and sick leave, donating $10M to virus causes

The retailer is the latest among superstores and grocers to extend pay raises or bonuses to front-line workers.
Southdale Mall in Edina.

Galleria, Kohl's join Southdale Center, MOA in temporary closing

Shopping centers and stores say closing will help stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Patrons walk inside the Mall of America on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, shortly before the mall closed temporarily due to concerns over the global coronav

Mall of America closes; Target, Best Buy to reduce hours

Retailers are headed into difficult economic time, experts say.
Sales of home office supplies -- and refrigerators and freezers -- are up at Best Buy.

Best Buy sees uptick in sales of work-at-home equipment

Sales of keyboards, monitors and laptops, among other items, were up at the Richfield-based electronics chain.

Ann Ellwood, founder of parenting organization MELD, dies at 92

"She got a national movement going and I think she made a real difference in America," former Vice President Walter Mondale said.
Target waiving absenteeism policy for hourly workers because of coronavirus

Target waiving absenteeism policy for hourly workers because of coronavirus

For employees who contract the coronavirus, Target will provide them with 100% pay for up to 14 days.
Best Buy's Hubert Joly.

Former Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly to retire as board chairman

J. Patrick Doyle will take over as chairman after the company's shareholders meet on June 11.
Target has added staffing hours at its stores to increase the amount of cleaning that is done. Show here is the checkout area at the downtown Minneapo

Target, other stores step up cleaning procedures because of coronavirus

Target is adding staff hours at each stores and suspending food samples.
Disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizers, as well as hand and face wipes were all out on the shelves at the downtown Minneapolis Target.

Target places limits on hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes

Retailer encouraging no-contact deliveries for same-day Shipt service.
Stocking the grocery area was continuous as shoppers made their way through the newly remodeled grocery area of the Edina Target with her daughter Ett

Target adding more brick-and-mortar stores, including some the size of convenience stores

The Minneapolis-based retailer also reported better than expected earnings on Tuesday.
Twin Cities residents flocked stores over the weekend to stock up on hand sanitizer, cold medicine, toilet paper and other supplies amid concerns abou

Twin Cities stores are seeing a run on 'pandemic pantries' supplies

Hand sanitizer, paper goods and medical masks are in short supply in stores around the metro and the nation.
“We want to play offense,” said Michael Fiddelke, Target Corp’s new CFO. Executives will lay out the next iteration of their strategy this week.

Target to broadcast investors' meeting from Minneapolis because of coronavirus

Michael Fiddelke said the retailer will continue to make significant investments in technology, supply chain and new stores.
Best Buy reported better than expected holiday sales.

Best Buy expects short-term product shortages, delays from coronavirus

The 3.4% increase in same-store U.S. sales were better than expected.
Shoppers looked for deals on PS4 and Xbox at the Best Buy Richfield Best Buy store on Thanksgiving. The holiday electronics sales boom is expected to

Best Buy well-positioned to benefit from growth in electronics sales — if it happens

Consumer electronics could have a banner year, barring roadblocks.
Jamie and Casey Carl sell their own style clothing, gifts and even some of their own vinyl at their new store Serge + Jane.

Target veterans put their know-how on display in Edina boutique

With more than 30 years of retail experience between them, Casey and Jamie Carl have put a lot of the lessons they learned to work for themselves.
Target will introduce its Open Story luggage line Sunday in stores and on Feb. 13 at

Target takes on startups like Away with new luggage brand

The Open Story brand will hit stores on Sunday.
Best Buy CEO Corie Barry greeted employees at the Richfield Best Buy store before it opened on Thanksgiving night for Black Friday sales.

Best Buy board says it stands by CEO following investigation

The board said it would have no further comment to preserve the "confidentiality and integrity" of the process.
Best Buy CEO Corie Barry greeted employees at the Richfield Best Buy store before it opened on Thanksgiving night for Black Friday sales.

Former colleague accused of affair with Best Buy CEO denies allegations

Allegations about firm's CEO under investigation.
Best Buy's stock has not been affected much by allegations that CEO Corie Barry may have had an inappropriate relationship.

Investors take wait-and-see approach during Best Buy's investigation into CEO's conduct

Company's stock dipped after allegation against CEO, but has rebounded strongly.
Target said Wednesday its comparable holiday sales grew 1.4%, not as much as expected and another sign that the holiday was lackluster for the nation'

After blockbuster year, Target's holiday sales were worse than expected

Retailer ended a 2019 of fast growth with a surprising slowdown in toys and electronics.
All in Motion, a new line of activewear developed by Target’s in-house designers, will replace C9 by Champion, a licensed brand from Hanesbrands tha

Target's new All in Motion activewear brand will replace C9 by Champion

Retailer aims for market share in activewear.
Granite City Food & Brewery has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Bloomington-based Granite City files for bankruptcy, has potential buyer

The dining and brewery company with two local brands has secured a $5M "debtor in possession" loan.
Schneiderman's has closed its Rochester, Minn., location.

Schneiderman's Furniture closing store in Rochester

Size and location were not a "good fit," the chain says.
“We will continue to build out Target Plus, but we’re going to do it in a really thoughtful, disciplined way,” said Rick Gomez, Target’s chief

Nearly 100 sellers hawk 250,000 products through Target Plus marketplace

The Minneapolis-based retailer said it will be more selective than its competitors in what it offers.
Owner Matty O'Reilly

$99-a-month membership means a free menu item a day at 4 Twin Cities restaurants

For $99 a month, subscribers can get a free menu item at one of the sites every day.
Steve Decker, blind since birth and lead accessibility consultant at Target, uses the Aira app on his phone to navigate the downtown Minneapolis Targe

Target offers free service for visually impaired shoppers at 600 stores for holidays

The Aira service uses a phone app to connect visually impaired people with an agent who helps guide them through public spaces. It's now available for free in 600 Target stores.
Shoppers looked for deals on PS4 and Xbox at the Richfield Best Buy store just after it opened at 5 p.m. Thursday. Nov. 28.

Target, Best Buy set to paint the day black

In her first Black Friday as CEO of Best Buy, Corie Barry made a point of trying to shake every employee’s hand as a line…
Best Buy sales consultant Jon Hollywood talked with customer Josh Watson, left, who was visiting from Midland, Michigan, about television options.

Best Buy, on strong financial footing, has its holiday playbook set

Richfield-based electronics retailer raises profit outlook for year.
Amazon employee Ahmed Jama spoke at a forum held by the Awood Center at Bethany Lutheran Church.

Minneapolis workers group joins national coalition taking on Amazon

The Awood Center is one of 40-plus diverse groups forming Athena.
Target’s winning strategy includes remodeling stores and product differentiation, which involves introducing new in-house brands like sleepwear.

Target, Best Buy poised to rule retail leading into the holidays

It's a stark reversal from earlier this decade, when many questioned whether Minnesota's two big-box chains would withstand Amazon.
Shoppers outside Target in downtown Minneapolis. The retailer reported third-quarter earnings on Wednesday.

Target flying high into holiday season as stock hits record high

A leap in clothing sales and success in its delivery options helped Target post stronger Q3 results.
Target is suing one of its insurers over costs associated with 2013 data breach.

Target sues insurer for up to $74M in 2013 data breach costs

Target is suing its insurance company for denying claims to reimburse Target for tens of millions of dollars it paid out as part of settlements over the retailer's 2013 data breach.
Vintage market: Minneapolis Vintage Market is a monthly pop-up that has been having to find bigger venues as the interest in its events has grown.

Popularity of resale market in Minnesota spills over into holiday shopping

More shoppers are happy buying previously owned gifts and apparel — for the story, the price or the environment.
Best Buy has started holiday pricing.

Best Buy rolls out hundreds of Black Friday deals through Sunday

Best Buy is making hundreds of the deals from its Black Friday ad available through Sunday, including Apple doorbusters such as saving up to $300…
Shoppers browse the aisles during a Black Friday sale at a Target store, Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Newport, Ky.

With later Thanksgiving, Target will hold Black Friday preview sale this Fri.-Sat.

Target is holding its Black Friday preview sale this Friday and Saturday, a week later than last year with Thanksgiving also falling later on the…
Jackie Nierenhausen and Cong Nguyen, with 2-year-old Alaina, on his shoulders, passed Best Buy at the Mall of America on May 2018 before it closed.

Best Buy has closed 18 stores, but physical locations still key to strategy

The moves are part of the Richfield-based electronic chain's annual churn as it re-evaluates its store portfolio as leases come up for renewal.
Best Buy is launching a scholarship program to extend the services offered at through its Teen Tech Centers, like this one photographed in Minneapolis

Best Buy sets up $2.5 million endowed scholarship at the U

The scholarship will fund higher education for teens who studied at its tech centers.
Eric Dayton's Askov Finlayson is set to unveil a new line of eco-conscious parkas made to sustain the Minnesota cold.

Eric Dayton bets Askov Finlayson's future on selling parkas online

Dayton hopes to parlay brand into a national player.
CEO Brian Cornell said Target will invest more than ever in employee training and hours for the holiday season.

Target to invest in extra payroll hours during the shortened holiday season

Target will spend extra $50M to boost employee hours and training this season.
Best Buy will offer one-day delivery on thousands of items. (Dreamstime/TNS)

Best Buy joins growing number of retailers offering free next-day delivery

Retailer says its offer will apply to 99% of customers making purchases online.
Best Buy employees will still wear the company's signature blue shirts but will now be able to wear jeans.

Best Buy relaxes dress code to allow store employees to wear jeans

Associates will still wear the signature blue shirts, but they won't have to tuck them in.
Dan Lundeen

Daniel Lundeen, who embodied the spirit of Santa all year long, dies at 79

He discovered his role as "Santa Dan" in his 50s, and he felt that was his life's calling.
Angie Bastian, co-founder of Angie's Boomchickapop, described her entrepreneurial journey to an audience at an event Thursday, the first day of the Tw

Founder of Angie's Boomchickapop didn't let State Fair rejection stop her

Entrepreneur Angie Bastian offered inspiration and a road map at Twin Cities Startup Week.
Mark Tritton has resigned as Target’s chief merchant to take the CEO job at Bed Bath & Beyond.

Target's chief merchant leaves to take CEO role at Bed Bath & Beyond

The Minneapolis-based retailer also named Michael Fiddelke as chief financial officer.
A boy walks around a Toys "R" Us last year in New York.

Target should profit from Toys 'R' Us relaunch through unusual partnership

The Minneapolis-based retailer will both provide stock and fulfill orders for the venture.
The University of Minnesota has a security technologies degree and recently added a cybersecurity boot camp.

Target donates $250,000 to University of Minnesota to boost cybersecurity program

The retailer's $250K gift to the U will help fund program scholarships and more.
Gary Pearcy, a 14-year veteran of Wells Fargo, is now vice president of DailyPay’s payment operations at the startup's new Twin Cities office.

Wells Fargo veteran will lead New York fintech startup's growing Minneapolis office

N.Y.-based payday-advance firm plans to hire 100 employees for its new Minneapolis office.
Best Buy CEO Corie Barry, shown in April, rolled out the retailer’s five-year plan to expand its home-tech services at an investor meeting in New Yo

Best Buy sees customers' homes as its next frontier

The Richfield-based retailer wants to grow its business helping people use and increase their technology purchases.
The lease-to-own program has brought new customers to Best Buy stores, said CEO Corie Barry. Above, shoppers waited in line to buy TVs at an early Bla

Best Buy expands lease-to-own program, joining growing number of retailers

But Minnesota law bars lease-to-own program for credit-challenged shoppers.
Ryan Broshar, left, and Natty Zola, right, partners in Matchstick Ventures.

Venture-capital firm to invest in more Minnesota startups after raising $30 million

Matchstick Ventures is looking for opportunities in underserved regions.
Target said it will hire more than 130,000 seasonal workers in stores and distribution centers to help it stay on top of what it expects to be a busie

Target to hire 130,000-plus workers for holidays to handle online orders

Last year, Target was the biggest holiday employer of any brick-and-mortar retail chain, and this year it plans to boost its holiday hiring.
Best Buy faces uncertainty in the face of the U.S. trade war with China.

Tariff concerns sink Best Buy's shares as company works to mitigate effect

Investors have been worried about how new rounds of tariffs to go into effect in upcoming months will affect Best Buy.
Target and Disney have worked for a year developing a store within a store concept that will debut in 25 Target stores in October. Credit: Provided by

Target teams up with Disney on interactive in-store shops

Retailer will add in-store shops to 25 locations, including Maple Grove.
The Nicollet Mall Target store.

Target shares soar after strong results

The surge came after Minneapolis-based Target announced a 17% gain in profit for its fiscal second quarter and a 3.4% jump in comparable sales. Executives also raised their profit outlook for the rest of the year.
Chris Walton, left, and Anne Mezzenga, co-founders and co-CEOs of Third Haus co-working lab, and Troy Stelzer, CEO of Xenia Retail, are in the new co-

New co-working space in Linden Hills focuses on retail innovation

The space started by former Target employees is meant to be a hub for experimenting with new concepts.
Target is rolling out a new internal brand called "Good & Gather" including prepared meals like Chicken Parmesan.

Target to replace Archer Farms, Simply Balanced with new flagship food brand

The retailer's drive to revamp and update its house brands has now reached the grocery section. Executives say the new Good & Gather products won't have artificial flavors and sweeteners, synthetic colors or high-fructose corn syrup.
“I’ve lived here longer than any place in my adult life. So I’m right at home now,” said Target CEO Brian Cornell.

Target CEO Brian Cornell sees turnaround as 'still in early innings'

CEO Brian Cornell, during his five years on the job, has taken a measured approach to the retailer's turnaround.
FILE- This Feb. 9, 2018 photo shows Levi’s jeans hanging on a wall at Levi’s innovation lab in San Francisco. Well-known jeans company Levi Straus

Target to sell Levi's as jeans maker looks to replace sagging sales at Sears

The 'Red Tab' label will appear in 50 stores later this month.
Jennifer Simons made a pitch for Dressmate during a Demo Day event. Target’s newest business incubator focuses on Gen Z entrepreneurs with a social

Target's newest incubator program focuses on Generation Z entrepreneurs

They're young and smart, and Target is tapping their energy and ideas in a new business accelerator.
Target is celebrating 20 years of design partnerships by reissuing items from select collections. The Lilly Pulitzer limited partnership was one of Ta

Target celebrating 20 years of design collaborations by reissuing some favorites

Iconic pieces to be reissued to celebrate 20 years of collaborations with big names.
Matt Bilunas, new chief financial officer at Best Buy

Richfield's Best Buy names Matt Bilunas its next CFO

The 13-year veteran replaces Corie Barry, who was promoted to chief executive last month.
Packages passed down a conveyor belt before receiving a shipping label at Amazon in Shakopee.

Some workers strike in Shakopee in rare work stoppage for Amazon

Organizers say pace at Shakopee plant is too fast and employees are getting hurt

Brooklyn Park marketing firm files antitrust suit against Murdoch's News Corp.

This is Insignia's second lawsuit against a News Corp. subsidiary; the media giant settled the first in 2011.
Dick Bancroft

Photographer and chronicler of indigenous plight, Richard Bancroft dies at 90

Richard “Dick” Bancroft combined his lifelong hobby of taking pictures with his passion for social justice to become the unofficial photographer of the American Indian…
Shari Ballard

Executive Shari Ballard is leaving Best Buy

The senior executive vice president said the timing is right while the company is doing well.
Best Buy is paring the CDs available at its stores, and removing them altogether from its website.

CDs become bargain bin fodder as sales dwindle, but vinyl on the rise

CDs are on their way out at the nation's largest retailers. But some audiophiles and enthusiasts hang on to them. And they're about half of the revenue at stores like Electric Fetus in Minneapolis.