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Target leaving downtown Minneapolis City Center offices

March 13, 2021 GMT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Twin Cities commercial real estate managers are fearful Target Corp.’s decision to leave a main downtown Minneapolis location will become a trend that will continue to diminish office space needs.

Target informed the City Center’s manager Thursday that it will no longer need the 985,000 square feet of office space it rents in the 51-story tower because it is permanently moving to a hybrid remote work model for 3,500 employees. Target’s lease expires in 2031.

The company said it plans to maintain its other downtown offices, including those at its Target Plaza locations. Target said many headquarters employees are currently working remotely.

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The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has darkened many buildings in the downtown business district as employees adjust to working at home to avoid contracting the virus.

Building managers are bracing for additional fallout from the big retailer’s decision to leave the City Center, the Star Tribune reported.

“This could become a signaling event to other companies. That if Target is doing this, then maybe we should think about this, too. That’s probably causing heartburn to property managers and owners downtown,” said Jim Vos, principal of the Cresa commercial real estate services firm that advises hundreds of office and industrial tenants in the Minneapolis area.

A recent Cushman & Wakefield (C & W) national survey revealed that 81% of employers across 35 markets expect to switch to a work-from-home model post-COVID-19.

According to C & W, about 22% of Minneapolis’ core business district’s 28.4 million square feet of office space is vacant.

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In a story published March 12, 2021, The Associated Press reported that the Target Corp. was exiting office space in the City Center in downtown Minneapolis. The story should have made clear that some Target will continue to work at other downtown locations eventually. Target said the vast majority of headquarter employees are currently working remotely.