The number of retail operations in Block E continues to dwindle. Three more retail tenants have closed their doors, with the movie theater likely to follow soon. Both the GameStop and Jewel Spa have closed, and the Mrs. Field’s Cookies franchise has “temporarily suspended service.”
The GameStop branch closed its doors on Nov. 10, 2011, according to GameStop corporate. Jewel Spa closed its doors on Dec. 3. Mrs. Field’s corporate did not respond to requests for a statement, but the downtown location is no longer listed on its website.
In a related story, the Eight U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Paul upheld a previous ruling that the AMC Theater in Block E does not have the right to extend its lease beyond September. Bob Lux, principal at Block E owner Alatus, LLC, has previously stated that the movie theater would not be asked to stay if the proposal to redevelop Block E into a casino moves forward. The theater initially sued after declining a buyout offer.
“We’re pleased with the court’s ruling,” said Alatus principal Phillip Jaffe.