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Continued: New retail concepts coming to the Twin Cities

  • Article by: JANET MOORE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 9, 2014 - 9:32 AM

Although the Texas-based supermarket chain Whole Foods continues to expand locally, co-ops such as the Wedge, a produce-oriented start-up out of Chicago, plan to come here, as well. Fresh Thyme Farmer’s Market will open a store near Interstates 494 and 35W in the Penn & American development in Bloomington. The grocer focuses on fresh, healthy food at affordable prices and is looking to open 50 stores in the Midwest over the next six years.

Total Wine & More, a liquor superstore based in Maryland that boasts of Costco-like prices, will open in Roseville and also has set its sights on Bloomington, although city officials there delayed a vote on a liquor license as it explores the chain’s legal history.

Hobby Lobby already has close to 600 stores in 46 states, but now it has entered Minnesota in a big way. The Oklahoma-based arts-and-crafts chain will open a store in Woodbury in the former Sportsman’s Warehouse building, joining existing sites in Duluth, Mankato and Rochester. According to the company’s website, the family-owned business said its mission involves “honoring the Lord in all we do by operating the company in a manner consistent with biblical principles.”

The report also culls a few “fascinating franchises,” including Orangetheory Fitness, a Florida chain that provides a “plateau-busting workout” with an emphasis on personal training. A fourth location is planned for Apple Valley.

The Joint, which “brings affordable chiropractic services to locally owned and operated clinics,” plans an eighth location in Minnetonka. And Massage Retreat & Spa focuses on affordable massage, waxing, facials and other pampering services. Seven locations are sprinkled throughout the Twin Cities; more are planned.


Janet Moore • 612-673-7752

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