Target closed over 20 of its stores in the metro area, including its Burnsville and two Apple Valley stores, "until further notice" on May 28 in response to protests of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis.
"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 statement on the company's website states.
The Burnsville, and two Apple Valley stores were temporarily removed from the list of closed stores on the morning of May 29 and only stores in Minneapolis and St. Paul were closed. By the afternoon of May 29, the Burnsville and Apple Valley stores were back on the list along with several other suburban stores.
The Star Tribune reported that the Lake Street Target in Minneapolis was nearly destroyed in overnight looting.
Floyd, a St. Louis Park resident, died May 25 while in Minneapolis police custody. Video shot by a bystander shows Floyd lying handcuffed on his stomach while an officer pressed a knee into the back of his neck for nearly eight minutes of the video. Floyd complains about not being able to breathe and later loses consciousness before he's taken away by paramedics.