Target stores in Duluth, Virginia and Grand Rapids will be closed for the time being, the retailer said Friday.
The stores were added to a list that started a day earlier with several metro locations for the Twin Cities. Protests and riots have spilled into the streets following Monday’s death of George Floyd, and a Target store in Minneapolis was among the many companies that have been looted, vandalized or set on fire in recent days.
“We are heartbroken by George Floyd’s death and the pain that is causing our society,” Target said in a statement. “At present, we have made the decision to close a number of our stores for the time being. Our focus will remain on the safety of our team members and help our community heal.”
At the end of Friday, Target’s list of temporary closures included 70 stores across Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
At the same time, Cub Foods in Duluth was reported to have closed at 8am Friday. Calls to the normally around-the-clock store were answered and a corporate spokesman did not immediately respond to a request from the News Tribune.
Minnesota Walzer Tim Walz on Friday imposed a nighttime curfew in Minneapolis and St. Paul and ordered people from the streets from 2 p.m. to 6 on Friday and Saturday nights. Walz said other local jurisdictions could issue their own orders if they were deemed necessary, but no one had been notified in northern Minnesota.
Some retailers, including Walmart, had already eliminated night hours in recent months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.