MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The consequences of the pandemic are impacting downtown Minneapolis companies past simply on the avenue degree.
9 and a half miles of Skyway are feeling the slowdown, together with Juut Salon.
David Wagner, Juut’s proprietor, says enterprise is down 75 p.c.
He says workers members will probably be transferring to different Juut areas subsequent month.
“It’s saddening as a result of we’ve acquired such a crew right here,” Wagner mentioned. “They’re a household. They’ve been coming to work day by day for 20 years a few of them.”
Wagner says his prospects merely aren’t round to cease in anymore.
“It turns into a vacation spot,” he mentioned. “It’s an inconvenience for them to come back downtown now as a result of they’re not working downtown.”
Steve Cramer, the president and CEO of the Minneapolis Downtown Council, says solely 15% of the standard workforce inhabitants works downtown proper now.
A number of companies within the Skyway are closed not less than briefly resulting from COVID-19. Cramer couldn’t specify what number of.
“We most likely will see a number of much less of these institutions when issues form of bounce again, however when issues bounce again, that can create new alternatives for progress so we’re searching for that hopeful day as properly,” Cramer mentioned.
Wagner’s not giving up on the a part of the town he says has an important, inventive vitality.
“We’ll be again,” he mentioned. “I’m assured.”
For now, Wagner says the workers who’ve already moved to different Juut salons are thrice as busy as they had been within the Skyway.
A whole bunch of Skyway companies stay open. Click here to see which of them you may nonetheless go to.