A week after Mall of America announced its temporary closure and days after anchor stores Nordstrom and Macy’s shuttered their doors, Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka announced Tuesday that it is closed until further notice.
Only three Ridgedale restaurants with exterior entrances—The Cheesecake Factory, Chipotle, and Café Zupas—remain open.
Unlike Simon Properties, owner of Southdale Center, Twin Cities Premium Outlets and Albertville Outlets, which closed all of its centers nationwide, Ridgedale’s owner, Brookfield Properties, is making decisions on individual properties. They issued this statement: “Through these turbulent times, Brookfield Properties remains steadfast in our commitment to be there for our communities, both as a resource and source of comfort, through the unknown. We continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and are working cooperatively with our tenants and government and health officials to best serve as employment centers and a place for goods and services….Our greatest privilege is serving as focal points for communities nationwide. It is our hope that we all take this time and focus on patience and compassion as we navigate this new normal together. We look forward to seeing you again soon!”
Eden Prairie Center closed on Friday—only Barnes & Noble and Potbelly, which have exterior entrances, remain open. Galleria, Southdale Center and Mall of America and Maplewood Center are all temporarily closed as well. Of the Twin Cities’ regional malls, only Rosedale and Burnsville centers remain open with limited hours, and limited tenants. Many national and local retailers have made the decision on their own to close. So far, no official state order has been issued for retailers.