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Retailers Tell Us Capacity Increases Are Needed As Winter Hits & The Holidays Approach; One In Three Worry About Their Viability

Recently the Minnesota Retailers Association along with several local chambers of commerce surveyed retailers relating to the current COVID customer capacity restrictions in place across the State. Overwhelmingly retailers subject to the current 50 percent capacity restriction indicated a strong desire to move to at least 75 precent before the Thanksgiving holiday, with one in three retailers saying the viability of their business depends on an increase.

Retailers indicated such an increase is important as they have leveraged their businesses to invest in seasonal and holiday inventory. And after being closed to in-store customers and soft sales during the pandemic, the final few months of 2020 are a make-it or break-it sales season for many.

The vast majority of retailers report they feel prepared for more capacity and have the processes and systems in place to do so safely and comfortably for both customer and employees, and a capacity increase will result in the addition of seasonal and long term job opportunities for Minnesotans across the state at a critical time.

In addition, the survey showed retailers are proud of the job the industry has done during the pandemic and are aware this is not the year for large crowds, as can be typically seen on holiday traffic days such as the day after Thanksgiving. As such, many retailers are spreading sales out over a longer period and with continued alternative shopping options including curbside, delivery and shipping.

Retailers also told us the State has a role to play in partnership with retailers to continue to tell the story of how this industry is responding to the pandemic and the precautions taken to protect consumers and employees.

MN Retailers IMPACT Endorses Candidates

Mn Retailers IMPACT fund says candidates are good for Minnesota consumers, retailers, and communities



Today Mn Retailers IMPACT announced the endorsement of these candidates running for the State Legislature:

Minnesota House
Tama Theis- 14A
Sondra Erickson- 15A
Chris Swedzinski- 16A
Dave Baker- 17B
Joe Schomacker- 22A
John Petersburg- 24A
Brian Daniels- 24B
Duane Quam- 25A
Gene Pelowski Jr.- 28A
Greg Davids- 28B
Marion O'Neill- 29B
Paul Novotny- 30A
Kurt Daudt- 31A
Anne Neu- 32B
Jerry Hertaus- 33A
Kristin Robbins- 34A
Peggy Scott- 35B
Zack Stephenson- 36A
Donald Raleigh- 38A
Bob Dettmer- 39A
Jim Nash- 47A
Heather Edelson- 49A
Steve Elkins- 49B
Tony Jurgens- 54B
Tony Albright- 55B
Roz Peterson- 56B
Jon Koznick- 58A
Pat Garofalo- 58B

Minnesota Senate
Thomas Bakk- 3
Kent Eken- 4
David Tomassoni- 6
Bill Ingebrigtsen- 8
Paul Gazelka- 9
Torrey Westrom- 12
Jerry Relph- 14
Andrew Mathews- 15
Gary Dahms- 16
Julie Rosen- 23
John Jasinski- 24
David Senjem- 25
Carla Nelson- 26
Jeremy Miller- 28
Michelle Benson- 31
Mark Koran- 32
David Osmek- 33
Warren Limmer- 34
Jim Abeler- 35
John Hoffman- 36
Roger Chamberlain- 38
Karin Housley- 39
Ann Rest- 45
Melisa Lopez Franzen- 49
Eric Pratt- 55
Dan Hall- 56
Kari Dziedzic- 60

“These candidates have demonstrated an appreciation for what the retail industry offers Minnesota’s economy as the industry supports 788,000 jobs across the State. Each endorsed candidate is a supporter of Minnesota's consumers, retailers, and our communities,” said Mn Retailers IMPACT treasurer Bruce Nustad.

Mn Retailers IMPACT is funded through personal contributions used to support candidates who appreciate retailer contributions to Minnesota communities.

Ten Retail Leaders Recognized As Minnesota’s Retail Champions

Minnesota's Retail Champions 2020

Today’s Minnesota consumer is well-researched, cost-conscious and appreciative of shopping experiences and options. Join the Minnesota Retailers Association (MnRA) as we recognize ten leading retailers and industry partners at the announcement of the 2020 Minnesota’s Retail Champions.

Winners accepted their awards virtually during Retail Rally on Wednesday, October 7. Retail Rally is changing the way retailers and their key business partners engage with today’s consumer. The event featured seven 20-minute practical, game-changing, cutting edge retail innovations strategies and ideas.

“We are proud to recognize ten innovative retailers, communities and partners that are leading the way in connecting with consumers and today’s trends following a vigorous process to identify Minnesota’s Retail Champions,” says Bruce Nustad, Minnesota Retailers Association president. “The retail industry has a deep impact on Minnesota communities, and these award recipients are truly representative of what’s great about retail across the state, how the industry is changing, and what it takes to attract customers today.”

Watch the winner's video announcement here!

The following is a complete list of the 2020 Minnesota’s Retail Champion Award recipients:

Best Place to Work
Fitger’s on the Lake, Duluth, MN
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Customer Experience
Past & Present Home Gallery, Alexandria, MN
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Lifetime Achievement
Roberta Bonoff, Minnetonka, MN
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Retailer of the Year
Schuler Shoes, Locations throughout MN
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Retail Manager of the Year
Scott Farrell, Down in the Valley, Golden Valley, MN
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Retail Innovation
Jaxon Grey, Minneapolis, MN
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Business Resource of the Year
Boulay, Eden Prairie, MN
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Vendor Partner of the Year
Minneapolis Mart, Minnetonka, MN
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Retail Community of the Year
MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce, Blaine, MN
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Advocate of the Year
Christine Ward, various locations in Minnesota
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MnRA started the award process by putting out a statewide call for nominations early in the year. A panel of peer judges reviewed nearly eight dozen nominations and selected the top nominee in each category. Tickets to the event are $25 online at

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