Mar 12, 2021 - Business

What Target's move to ditch office space means for downtown Minneapolis

Target will leave 1 million square feet in the City Center tower on Nicollet Mall. Image: Google

Target is switching to a flexible work model after the pandemic and will give up 1 million square feet of office space in downtown Minneapolis, all in the 52-story City Center tower.

Why it matters: The retailer is downtown's largest employer, with 8,500 workers. It means fewer high-paid employees eating, drinking and shopping downtown on a daily basis.

The big picture: 1 million square feet represents 4.5% of all downtown multi-tenant office space and 7.3% of all Class A downtown office space, according to CBRE Minneapolis numbers.

  • Target will continue to occupy 2 million square feet elsewhere downtown and keep its Brooklyn Park campus.

What's next: Target has 10 years of term left on its lease at City Center and will have to find subleases.

  • Axios talked to two real estate experts who said this decision could actually be good for downtown in the long-term because companies will be able to rent Class A office space at much lower prices, since Target will be happy to recoup costs.

The big picture: This trend is going to create a problem in suburban office parks as well.

  • As we reported this week, Prime Therapeutics is also moving to a flexible plan and giving up 180,000 square feet in Bloomington's Normandale Lake Office Park.

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