Rosedale, MOA Close Doors to Take Protest Precautions
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Rosedale, MOA Close Doors to Take Protest Precautions

Concerns about looting spread to suburban malls.

The Rosedale Center shopping center in Roseville closed its doors on Thursday in response to protests that seemed to be getting closer to the mall.

Rosedale representatives issued a two-sentence statement shortly before 2 p.m.

“Local authorities have asked us to close Rosedale Center,” said Lisa Crain, Rosedale’s general manager. “The center is closed, and we will inform shoppers and stores via social media when we re-open.”

A representative with the city of Roseville could not immediately be reached for comment.

Rosedale Center had just reopened on May 18 after being closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Media and social media accounts reported that groups of people were looting stores in the Midway area of St. Paul including the Target store there and also the Sun Ray Shopping Center on the eastern edge of St. Paul.

 

Protests in south Minneapolis on Wednesday night over the Monday death of George Floyd in police custody became violent with numerous businesses in the area looted and several buildings burned. On Thursday protests and looting were spreading out across the metro.

Although the Mall of America is not slated to reopen until June 1, it also closed its doors today. Some retailers had been offering curbside service.

According to its statement:

“Out of an abundance of caution, Mall of America has required all retail tenants and non-critical team members to exit the building by 2 p.m. today. While there have been no protests or actions at the Mall, the safety and security of those within the building remains our top priority.”

The Mall has been preparing for reopening to the public on June 1 after being closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. At this time, we are not certain when access to our building will resume for our tenants and team members. We will continue monitoring the situation and will update our tenants, team members, and guests as soon as possible.