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Majority of downtown businesses eager for summer traffic ahead


DULUTH, MN-- Some Duluth employers are feeling optimistic about the summer business ahead now with the brunt of COVID behind us.

A recent survey by the Greater Downtown Council and City of Duluth shows a trend for the workforce returning downtown this summer.

The survey shows 49% of the responding employers already have staff back on-site.

Another 18% expect to have staff returning between now and June.

“This is a good barometer for our service providers, especially those in restaurants and retail, who rely heavily on the downtown workforce for their customer base,” said Kristi Stokes, president of the Greater Downtown Council. “We are looking forward to a busy summer and welcoming back our workforce and visitors.”

The majority of employers will have staff fully on-site, while 32% expect to use a partial work-from-home model.

"Duluth is bouncing back and we are bouncing back safely,” said Mayor Emily Larson. “Much of what happens in the Downtown can be a good indication of what we will see across the city. I am thankful for our downtown businesses, employees, and the GDC for all of the hard work that has gotten us here and we are all eager to see downtown open, thriving, and growing.”

The Greater Downtown Council will be unveiling a marketing campaign later this month to highlight downtown experiences and welcome visitors and employees back to the heart of the city.

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