Target on Friday closed many of its Minnesota stores, including two in Rochester, after rioting, looting and arson at stores in the Twin Cities Thursday night.
As of Friday night, more than 200 Twin Cities businesses had been damaged, looted or set on fire. The wreckage ran from broken windows to complete destruction. An Arby's was burned to the ground. Officials have yet to place a cost on the property damage caused by the riots, but it will no doubt be in the millions of dollars.
Some larger companies have shut their doors, hoping to weather the storm. CVS and Cub Foods stores have been closed, including the Cub Foods in Rochester, which was barricaded with plywood and softener salt on Friday night.
A statement from Target reads: "We are heartbroken by the death of George Floyd and the pain it is causing our community. At this time, we have made the decision to close a number of our stores until further notice. Our focus will remain on our team members’ safety and helping our community heal." A Target official pledged to rebuild its Lake Street location by the end of the year.