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Mall of America gives free space to retailers harmed by pandemic and social unrest

Al Urbanski
Joyce Sanders's Urban 29 clothing shop was damaged and closed following rioting Minneapolis.

Minnesota’s Mall of America will dedicate a retail space called Community Commons to shops in Minneapolis and St. Paul whose businesses have been disrupted by the pandemic and social unrest brought about by the killing of George Floyd.

Located on Level 2 South, the 5,000-sq.-ft. space will include 17 shops selling apparel and accessories, art and culture, food and beverage, personal care, and family gifts. Community Commons tenants will remain in place through the spring of 2021.

Brands joining the section include Urban 29, Art Piece Soul Gallery & Studio, Captain Rebel, Fabulous Diva Boutique, La Michoacana Purepecha, and Llakta.

“Mall of America joins the efforts to help rebuild the hearts, minds, and livelihoods of our diverse retail community,” said Jill Renslow, executive VP of business development and marketing at MOA. Renslow said she hoped the section would introduce guests “to an even greater slice of what our retail community has to offer beyond the doors of Mall of America.”

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