Well, it’s official, the last vestiges of Saks, Saks Off Fifth, has left the Nicollet Mall. First to leave the Twin Citiess was Neiman Marcus, next Bloomingdales–even from their location at the Mall of America, and now Saks Outlet Downtown Minneapolis store. Now one can understand the former stores leaving during the economic decline, yet, one would have thought Bloomingdales would have kept their MOA store with all its’ international traffic, and Saks Outlet is a popular chic, designers bargain basement store–perhaps the downtown location was not the most advantageous, but hopefully we will see them return at a more strategic location in the Twin Cities. As of now, its’ location will be filled with another super Walgreens store as part of the city’s downtown revitalization.
Perhaps this is yet another sign that the sick economy has not fully recovered.