Mall of America, for all its “bigness” is not a stranger to small entrepreneurs and independent retailers. Now it is providing a lifeline to some Minneapolis businesses hard hit by the pandemic and the civil unrest resulting from the death of George Floyd.
On October 1, the mall will launch a new, temporary rent-free venue called “Community Commons”. It will be populated by local, Minneapolis-based boutiques, restaurant and art galleries that were shuttered in the spring. The businesses were selected via an application process, which MOA’s Executive Of Business Development and Marketing Jill Renslow describes as an initiative of “hope and possibility.” “Mall of America joins the efforts to