Sears tower and Midtown Market
The Sears tower, built in the 1930’s, remains the biggest building in South Minneapolis. It’s a hulking concrete structure, especially large when you consider all the geometries are multiplied to …
The Sears tower, built in the 1930’s, remains the biggest building in South Minneapolis. It’s a hulking concrete structure, especially large when you consider all the geometries are multiplied to create a gigantic internal structure.
Sears was declining by the 90’s, and closing many of its retail locations. This location was among them — after years of decline, and a generally depressing atmosphere, it closed down.
After that happened the community spent some time deciding what to do with the building. The immediate neighborhood wasn’t in great shape. On the North there is a large medical campus, with many daytime workers, but also with little integration with the community.
Ultimately they created a community marketplace. The large open space that formerly housed the retail space is now a series of stalls. Probably more than half the stalls are food-related — restaurants, delis, a produce market, a middleeastern market. There are a handful of other stores as well — some clothing shops, a water filtration place, perfume. Everything has an international flavor; genuine, as the stores are primarily run by immigrants from a variety of countries.