Turtle Bread in downtown Minneapolis closing Friday

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Turtle Bread is toast downtown
Downtown Minneapolis office workers will have to find another go-to spot for their sandwiches, soups, artisan breads, and pastries when the skyway Turtle Bread closes on Friday.

Turtle Bread owner Harvey McLain confirmed a report from Stephanie March at Minneapolis/St. Paul magazine that the store is not renewing its 10-year lease. Here's why:

McLain says that turnover and turmoil in the management of the building at One Financial Plaza played a major role in the decision not to renew. The building had only recently been sold to new owners after at least a year and half of foreclosure and bank ownership. Because of the turmoil, "we'd already made up our mind" to leave, McLain says.

The store also "wasn't as profitable as I had hoped," McLain says. The business suffered from a deserted downtown on weekends, normally days when his bakeries do big business from shoppers looking for their breads and pastries.

McLain says he is open to exploring a new site, but for now he will concentrate on Turtle Bread's remaining three stores in south Minneapolis, Linden Hills, and the newest branch in the Longfellow neighborhood.

Location Info

Turtle Bread Company

4762 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN

Category: Restaurant

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Bottom line: money. The rest of that is excuses. I can't blame them: there are only a handful of spots downtown that have any significant post-lunch traffic and that's not one of them. It's like a ghost town in there after work --virtually no one stays open until 5 expect I believe the Starbucks in that building.

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