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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.

Local Chambers & Local Governments Are Leaders In Saving Mainstreet

Local Chambers Of Commerce and Local Governments Are Saving Mainstreet--Responding To The Pandemic With Relief And Creativity

Local Chambers & Local Governments Are Leaders In Saving Mainstreet

From mandatory closures to reduced customers and increased expenses, COVID-19 has taken a heavy toll on retailers and all of Minnesota's industries. At the Minnesota Retailers Association we have been inspired and impressed with the incredible support local chambers of commerce, local business associations, and their partnering local governments have been providing throughout the pandemic.

"We know today, local chamber executives and their teams are on the pandemic economic front-line, working long hours to keep businesses informed and help them prepare for what's coming next," said Minnesota Retailers Association President Bruce Nustad. "An important part of the impressive local chamber work has been their collaboration with cities and counties. And we have seen local governments step up in big, big ways in partnership with their chamber of commerce through creativity and flexibility. In many ways, through their collaborations over the years, local chambers and local government have trained for this very moment, and retailers, small businesses and the Minnesota Retailers Association are so grateful. These collaborations and resulting actions are leading the efforts to save Minnesota's mainstreets."

While federal and state relief and support initiatives are important, here are a few examples of how local chambers in partnership with local governments are making a significant difference in keeping local economies moving forward:

  • Timely and critical relief funding
  • Grants to help businesses stay afloat and re-open or prepare to re-open under safety protocols
  • Relaxed signage regulations allowing business to better communicate with customers
  • Flexibility with sidewalks, allowing the expansion of stores outdoors
  • Re-open initiatives that unify the chamber and government around safe re-openings
  • Letters of support for local communities highlighting local needs
  • Backing of safe shopping zones, welcoming customers back
  • Speeding permit processes
  • Expansion of outdoor dining
  • Sharing of ideas and updates

These efforts and many more represent the vital work being done by chambers of commerce, business associations and local governments. Thank you to each!

Now is a great time to support your local chamber or business association through membership!

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