Alexandria has been named as the state’s Retail Community of the Year, beating out dozens of other applicants from across the state as part of the 2018 Minnesota’s Retail Champion program. The city was presented with the award last week.

“Instead of competing against each other, businesses are teaming up in many ways and working together for the good of the entire community,” Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tara Bitzan told the Echo Press. Even with the recent closings of Herberger’s and JCPenney in the Viking Plaza Mall, Bitzan noted that the downtown Alexandria retail scene remains vibrant.

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