Target retail stores include wide aisles in order to accommodate large families and multiple carts, a common occurrence with the extended family structure of many new immigrant groups. At the same time, Target’s signage relies on symbols rather than words to communicate information such as product placement, bathroom usage, and circulation options (Target, 2013).
The Eagan Market Fest is located at the Eagan Community Center and is accessible by multiple bus routes. Rated the #1 Farmers Market in MN and a top 20 market nationwide, the Eagan Market Fest is open year-round and attracts more than 34,000 attendees. As the market accepts SNAP/EBT food assistance cards, low-income households have an incentive to buy local produce and healthy foods. Theme nights highlight the community’s diversity while people gather for picnics on the large, open grassy lawn in the warm months. “The audience you see at Market Fest is a different audience than the one you see when you go into a City of Eagan Council meeting,” said Mayor Mike Maguire. Bridging cultural, ethnic, and economic differences, the market is a space for residents to connect and strengthen the unique character of Eagan.
Eagan Market Fest
Photo credit: City of Eagan Staff
The Midtown Global Market’s mission is to “build upon the economic, social and cultural assets within the surrounding communities and welcome the diverse peoples of this community to share and celebrate together the healthy foods, arts, crafts and other aspects of their heritage.” Housing over fifty vendors, it is one of the largest indoor, internationally-themed public markets in the area. Prominently located on Lake Street, the market establishes the area as a “global gateway.” The slogan “Many Tastes, One Place” perfectly represents the unique experiences of food, shopping, entertainment, and play space.
Midtown Global Market
An iconic all-American diner was converted into a Mexican restaurant and market to appeal to Richfield’s changing demographics. In 2000, only 6.3% of the population identified as Hispanic, but as of 2016, that number grew to 16.6%, making it the second largest racial group in the city. The building boasts the aesthetics of a modern diner with the flavors of street-style Mexican cuisine. The market next door caters to the Hispanic community in the area by preserving cultural practices, source of identity, and food security. By adaptively re-using the diner, the City of Richfield was able to keep the iconic structure in the community, practice sustainability in the built environment, and create additional economic value for the community all while making the community more reflective of the people who live there.
Andale Taqueria & Mercado
Photo credit: Isabel Subtil