Tom Webb, St. Paul Pioneer Press
General Mills will add Star Wars breakfast cereal to its cereal lineup in June.
MINNEAPOLIS — Target is “respectfully” requesting gun-owners not to bring firearms into its stores after a series of open-carry demonstrations alarmed some customers. The open display of firearms in its stores “creates an environment that is at odds with the family-friendly shopping and work experience we strive to create,” Interim CEO John Mulligan said Wednesday on the Minneapolis-based retailer’s company blog. In Texas and several other states, open-carry gun enthusiasts and demonstrators have walked around Target stores carrying long guns, had their photos taken with the weapons, then po
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Target data breach is now the subject of a massive court case, and Wednesday, nearly 100 lawyers from across the country crowded into a St. Paul courtroom as the legal jockeying began. More than 140 lawsuits — filed against Target by consumers, shareholders and banks — have been consolidated before U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson. With so many players, the judge made it clear that resolving the mess will be a long slog, and he won’t tolerate stalling.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — When Mall of America first opened in 1992, it was so big that designers added visual cues to keep shoppers oriented. Each of the mall’s four main corridors bore a theme. One avenue looked like a train station. Another featured neon. Now two decades later, the theme concept is out.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — If shopping doesn’t thrill you, how about riding a zipline through Mall of America? The Bloomington megamall next month will begin installing two ziplines stretching high above the walkways of its centerpiece Nickelodeon Universe theme park. Nathan Klutz, the mall’s director of construction, said Tuesday that when the ziplines open this summer, the cables will span 405 feet, or most of the east-west axis of the indoor amusement park.
Should air travelers be allowed to use cellphones in flight? The government asked. Passengers answered with an overwhelming: “Nooooo!” “Absolutely not!” passenger Karen Jablonski wrote to federal regulators. “It’s bad enough to listen to everyone’s conversation in restaurants, on trains, while shopping. … In all of these situations, you can get up and move away. That’s not possible on a plane.”
Walmart is testing a new grocery savings program in the Twin Cities. Last week I tried it. There were some surprises. Walmart boasts that its “Savings Catcher” is an easy way for shoppers to save money. You can shop at Walmart and enter your receipt code online. If a rival store is advertising a lower price than you just paid, you collect the difference. The first surprise: Despite media reports that Savings Catcher compares prices on 80,000 food and household products, it doesn’t actually pay off on 80,000 items.
Walmart is testing a new grocery savings program in the Twin Cities. Last week I tried it. There were some surprises. Walmart boasts that its “Savings Catcher” is an easy way for shoppers to save money. You can shop at Walmart and enter your receipt code online. If a rival store is advertising a lower price than you just paid, you collect the difference.
Corporate travel managers worry that changes to Delta Air Lines’ frequent-flier program will cost their companies money, with employees booking higher-priced tickets to nab bigger rewards. A survey conducted by the Business Travel Coalition found that 84 percent of travel executives are concerned about rising costs of business travel as airlines increasingly reward frequent-flier points based on dollars spent, not miles flown. Many corporations pay for company travel but let employees keep the frequent-flier miles.