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

South Broadway at 2nd St.


238,000 s.f.

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

173,000 s.f.

Apache Mall
155,000 s.f.

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

202,000 s.f.

St. Cloud
Crosroads Mall

Burnsville Center

Sioux Falls, SD
Empire Mall

Grand Forks, ND
Columbia Mall


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

  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.

    1. That was called 'The Budget Store'. The 'Target' idea sprang from the 'Target Bargain' sign toppers where a three-ringed illustrated target bulls-eye was being pierced by an arrow. It was a great place for a bag of popcorn or a hotdog.

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

  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.

    1. I remember the day care; I loved it when my mom will drop us off there. If I remember correctly, the interior was yellow and orange rooms that you could run in and out of.

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

  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.

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

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

  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?

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

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

    And here are the 8th Floor Christmas themes from 1963 through 2008 (PDFs): (1963-89) (1990-2008)

  12. No Dayton's in Ohio or Pennsylvania.

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


  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.

    1. May's never owned Dayton's or Target

  14. I have some Dayton's ephemera I would like to donate to the museum. Who do I contact?

  15. I used to work at Daytons. it truly was the highlight of my life :-) I will forever miss Daytons :-(

  16. Re the earlier comment of April 19:

    For the record, Dayton's and Target were never owned by May. Dayton-Hudson became Target Corp in 2000, and Dayton stores remained Dayton's until 2001, when they were re-branded as Marshall Field's stores (DH had acquired MF a decade earlier). May then acquired the DH department stores from Target in 2004. So no Dayton's stores under the Dayton name were ever owned by May. Former Dayton stores, yes.

  17. i have a picture of the apache mall store it may take me awhile to find it

  18. I have had a vintage dressed young girl mannequin for 40 years that came from the old Daytons department store in down town Rochester Mn---I am wondering if anyone collects these unique display mannequins---she has a hand painted face and dressed in clothing from the 50s or earlier I think---her hair is made from twisted brown paper---does anyone collect vintage Daytons items?

  19. I have had a young girl ( forties or fifties vintage dressed ) mannequin for forty years that came from the old downtown Dayton department store--she has a hand painted face and her hair is made from twisted brown paper--she is very unique---I am wondering if anyone collects these as Daytons collectables?

  20. All you people crying in the cups about Dayton's (I'm one of you), should be forever grateful to the Macy's corporation for hanging on in downtown Mpls while all of you stay away in droves. Do you realize that the Oak Grill Room is nearly identical to what it was 50 years ago, and their popovers are better than ever. How about giving what remains of our beloved Dayton's a little patronage before we have nothing left but our memories!

  21. There was nothing better to get into the holiday spirit than to walk into Dayton's in downtown Minneapolis after Thanksgiving and see how the store had been decorated. Everything about the store was class and it would be an interesting course for college students today who are pursuing a Marketing degree to have a course studying Dayton's approach back in those days. I'm 71 and truly miss the marketing approach of those days. Sad that the new generation will never experience the days of shopping in a classy store rather than on line.

  22. Dayton's Department Store in downtown Minneapolis will ALWAYS be one of my MOST cherished memories...I have so many FAB memories of times there....going to the Skyroom....the Oak Grille...the 8th floor auditorium for all the events....Bachmann' s used to put on some spectacular holiday events there....seeing the Ukrainian Gift Shop demonstrate Ukrainian eggs in the candy department or getting a lady Baltimore cake for my Birthday from Dayton's will reighn supreme....:)

  23. Anyone know what happened to the statue that was in the large area by the front 'air door' at Dayton's Downtown St. Paul store?

  24. I am now 73 years old and I remember that when my mother became ill with Arthritis she couldn't do her own Christmas shopping for several years. So at age 10, I think, I began my Dayton's annual ritual, After school a few days a week, she would give me a list of 2 or three items to purchase and send me on the bus, from Lyndale Av N, with her Dayton's card. I was dropped right at the 7th street entrance, and returned the same way. I remember feeling so important, and I would proudly take my list to the department Mom selected to a clerk who would always help me; this was in the 1950's. My Mom always liked the store because a young woman who moved from up state, named Melanie, had rented from up when she first moved to Minneapolis.
    My secret indulgence was to walk ever so slowly past every single decorated window in the store beginning at 8th, then Nicolett Ave., and completing around the corner on 7th. The memory of those windows, the santa wonderland and the Grille will always have a place deep in my heart. It's too bad it couldn't be preserved for the next generation.
    The other thing from those days was my Aunt Mary who spent most of her life at Wonder Bread wrapping all the Hostess Twinkees. On her way home she would often stop at the food court in the basement of Dayton's and buy specialty foods. I especially remember wooden buckets of pickled herring. We were a big Polish family and of course herring is a staple of Northern Europeans.

  25. Those are, of course, great memories! Of course, "śledź" was also a part of our Polish family, too, but my mom preferred creamed herring. Imagine a 10-year old being entrusted with a credit card to go downtown these days! Your comments describe a beautiful, humane, but sadly distant world of which great department stores like Dayton's were a huge part..

  26. I remember as a teenager (and I'm 66 now)shopping often at the Rochester Dayton's. Shoes were my passion, so I always came home with at least two or three pairs!!! LOVED that store and still miss it.