Dayton's, Minneapolis, Minnesota



Read the new History Press book
about Dayton's

Or, choose the well-done
Arcadia Book about Dayton's



The oldest portion of Dayton's enormous store, on
the southwest corner of Nicollet and Seventh Street.
The original Radisson hotel can be seen to the
right of the store.



The store was expanded along Eighth Street in the
1930s and again in the 1950s, resulting in a massive,
twelve story block, crowned by the renowned
Sky Room restaurant.


The newer block presented an imposing face
on Nicollet Avenue.



The newer block closed a vista along Lasalle Avenue.
It began as a two-story parking garage which
eventually formed a base for the tall store building.


The Dayton Company (Dayton's)
700 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota







Rochester
South Broadway at 2nd St.
1954

Southdale
Edina
1956

238,000 s.f.



St. Paul
6th St. at Wabasha
1963
383,000 s.f.
Brookdale
Brooklyn Center
1966
195,000 s.f.

Rosedale
Roseville
1969
173,000 s.f.

Sioux Falls, SD
Empire Mall
1971

Apache Mall
Rochester
1972
155,000 s.f.

Fargo, ND
West Acres Shopping Center
1973
115,000 s.f.

Ridgedale
Minnetonka
1974
202,000 s.f.

St. Cloud
Crosroads Mall
1976

Burnsville Center
Burnsville
1977

Grand Forks, ND
Columbia Mall
1978







13 comments:

  1. From 1985-2005 there was an 80,000 sq ft store at Kirkwood mall in Bismarck, ND.

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  2. I don't think we can discuss Dayton's without a mention of Dayton's Downstairs, which of course became Target and completely changed the game and quite possibly accelerated the demise of the great local department store. I like Target, but I miss the big stores too. Oh well, progress I suppose.

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  3. Does anyone have a list of the Dayton's 8th floor auditorium's Christmas shows down through the years?

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  4. I remember Dayton's flagship store in downtown Minneapolis as a kid. They actually had a day-care center where suburban moms could drop the rug-rats off while they went shopping. I seem to recall they actually had an elephant you could climb into and then slide down the trunk. It was a great way to spend a day.

    I also recall going to "Breakfast With Santa" in the Sky Room. As I recall, Santa arrived by helicopter, climbed down a rope ladder and crawled through a window - much to my delight.

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  5. Can they at-least change or Flagship store back to Dayton's is that to much to ask?

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  6. The Daytons store in Sioux Falls South Dakota was opened in August of 1978 not 1971. I was one of the first employees hired for the opening of the store.

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  7. Kirkwood Mall in Bismarck, ND had a Dayton's open in 1985

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  8. also LA CROSSE WISCONSIN , I Believed they opened the 1970's

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  9. I just purchased a wool overcoat with a beautiful reddish lining from a second hand store. It is in very good condition, minus on button, and I was wondering if it was worth anything over the $12.65 I paid for it. Does anyone have info on this?

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  10. Were there any Dayton stores in Ohio or western Penn? I seem to remember this store.

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  11. No Dayton's stores in Ohio or PA.

    And here are the 8th Floor Christmas themes from 1963 through 2008 (PDFs):

    http://s000.tinyupload.com/download.php?file_id=00588295898743415414&t=0058829589874341541478765 (1963-89)

    http://s000.tinyupload.com/download.php?file_id=06221535838832590576&t=0622153583883259057649051 (1990-2008)

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  12. No Dayton's in Ohio or Pennsylvania.

    *mb: here are the Dayton's downtown Minneapolis 8th floor Christmas themes from 1963 through 2008:

    1963-1989
    1990-2008

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  13. May's owned Dayton's, Hudson's, Marshal Fields, and Target. (I believe there may have been Hudson's in Ohio, but I don't recall PA having any stores within the chain.). I remember when Target was such a low budget embarrassment, which was terribly merchandised and extremely poorly stocked. How did it outlive Dayton's??? At TarGhetto I am treated almost as a criminal, where at Dayton's I was literally their Guest. In fact during my employment there (which was the highlight of my life) we were instructed to not just help but delight our guests. To know that it is gone forever almost makes me cry. It was truly one of the most special places to work or shop which any former shopper or employee could tell you and many of them are still there at trashy Macys. Ask them about Daytons, though, and a special pride and glowing smile will come over their face instantly.

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