Northfield, Owatonna Target stores reopen after temporary closures | News

The Northfield and Owatonna Target stores have reopened after temporarily closing due to the unrest in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Target stores in Northfield and Owatonna are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and are expected to also open Sunday.

In Northfield, the store is on high alert, and police officers are stopping by every 30 minutes to check the surrounding area, said Northfield Target Guest Advocate Lisa Kraby.

In a Friday evening press release, Target said it was temporarily closing about 70 stores, most in Minnesota, though some were in Wisconsin. The Minneapolis-based retailer, saw its East Lake Street, Minneapolis, location looted Thursday by protestors demonstrating against the Memorial Day death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody. Cell phone videos show three officers pinning Floyd to the ground. One, Derek Chauvin, had his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than 8 minutes.

About two dozen Target stores were closed earlier in the week, though most reopened Friday morning. Six stores in Minneapolis and St. Paul, including the Lake Street store, remained closed.

“Our focus will remain on our team members’ safety and helping our community heal,” Target said in a release.

Also on Friday, Target announced it was prioritizing “the rebuilding and reopening of its store located at 2500 E. Lake Street, preserving approximately 200 local jobs. The timing of construction will be determined in the coming weeks, with the goal of opening in late 2020. Target will also reopen other damaged stores in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area in the coming weeks. Team members impacted by store closures will be paid for up to 14 days of scheduled hours during store closures, including COVID-19 premium pay. They also will be able to work at other nearby Target locations.”

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