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John Ewoldt

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Supervalu's No. 2 executive stepping down

Supervalu's No. 2 executive stepping down

Supervalu is losing the executive overseeing its five retail banners, including Cub Foods, the market-leading grocery store in the Twin Cities.Bruce Besanko, chief operating officer…
Walmart adds Minnesota stores to locations that will no longer match rivals' prices

Walmart adds Minnesota stores to locations that will no longer match rivals' prices

Only 1 in 20 customers press stores to match competitors' prices.
Fresh Thyme will locate its next supermarket in Minneapolis

Fresh Thyme will locate its next supermarket in Minneapolis

The Prospect Park location will be part of a mixed-use building with apartments and a restaurant.
Hy-Vee decides against building for store in White Bear Lake

Hy-Vee decides against building for store in White Bear Lake

Construction costs for supermarket and fitness center rose too high.
Galleria in Edina appoints new general manager

Galleria in Edina appoints new general manager

Wendy Eisenberg comes in at a time of expansion and near 100 percent occupancy.
Aldi, Walmart turn up the heat on Twin Cities grocery stores

Aldi, Walmart turn up the heat on Twin Cities grocery stores

A price war between discount grocers Aldi and Walmart is spreading across the country and could soon roil the Twin Cities food market.
Buffalo Wild Wings to test smaller format stores in Edina, Hopkins

Buffalo Wild Wings to test smaller format stores in Edina, Hopkins

The new locations will carry a different name: B-Dubs Express.
$194,000 and counting: Shoreview couple's game takes off on Kickstarter

$194,000 and counting: Shoreview couple's game takes off on Kickstarter

A game about computers that's, shhhh, educational blew past its funding goal.
Life Time founder: Club planned in Edina to be chain's nicest in Twin Cities

Life Time founder: Club planned in Edina to be chain's nicest in Twin Cities

Its first Edina location will be 120,000 square feet with luxury hotel-like services and an expansion into medical care.
J.C. Penney will start closing sale at Southdale location on June 19

J.C. Penney will start closing sale at Southdale location on June 19

J.C. Penney has officially added its Southdale location to the list of stores it is soon closing, raising to nine the number of Minnesota stores that are part of a broader downsizing.
Lift Bridge Brewery in Stillwater to sell its root beer in stores

Lift Bridge Brewery in Stillwater to sell its root beer in stores

The craft brewer will distribute a root beer that was previously only available in its taproom.
Kangaroo or crickets? New jerky store opens in Eagan outlet mall

Kangaroo or crickets? New jerky store opens in Eagan outlet mall

At Eagan center, jerky store sells exotic snacks and helps mall stand out over ubiquitous rivals.
Dick Enrico moves from the exercise bike to the chaise lounge

Dick Enrico moves from the exercise bike to the chaise lounge

After nearly 60 years as a serial entrepreneur, he's just opened a patio furniture superstore in Minnetonka called 2nd Shade and he's come up with a ­slogan — "The Home of the Shady Deal" — and a gangster marketing motif around it.
Gloria Miller, a champion for Powderhorn Park area in Minneapolis, dies at 76

Gloria Miller, a champion for Powderhorn Park area in Minneapolis, dies at 76

It seemed oddly fitting that she died May 7, the day of the annual May Day parade in her longtime neighborhood.
Life Time Fitness considers J.C. Penney's space at Southdale

Life Time Fitness considers J.C. Penney's space at Southdale

Will Southdale become a place to shop, sweat — and swim? Life Time is considering adding a fitness center in the space currently occupied by…
Famous Dave's posts first-quarter loss

Famous Dave's posts first-quarter loss

The company has launched a national "Smokin' Deals" program to increase traffic.
Bailey Nurseries finds its roots in a growing family

Bailey Nurseries finds its roots in a growing family

Bailey Nurseries is still innovating its fertile business after 112 years
Sleep Sherpa showroom in Edina lets you test mattresses sold only online

Sleep Sherpa showroom in Edina lets you test mattresses sold only online

Sleep Sherpa flips the online business model by going back to bricks and mortar.
Gander Mountain CEO takes to Twitter to discuss store closings

Gander Mountain CEO takes to Twitter to discuss store closings

The company's headquarters will likely stay in St. Paul, he tweeted.
Total Wine and Target try again to get liquor licenses in Minnetonka

Total Wine and Target try again to get liquor licenses in Minnetonka

Target and Total Wine revive their requests to the city of Minnetonka.
Barnes & Noble closes downtown Minneapolis store for good at 8 p.m. Saturday

Barnes & Noble closes downtown Minneapolis store for good at 8 p.m. Saturday

The shuttering follows Macy's departure last month, as downtown undergoes changes.
Supervalu's stock rises sharply after its adjusted profit surprised investors

Supervalu's stock rises sharply after its adjusted profit surprised investors

The company's retail division, including Cub Foods, continued to struggle.
Famous Dave's founder brings new idea, Jimmie's Old Southern, to Mpls.

Famous Dave's founder brings new idea, Jimmie's Old Southern, to Mpls.

The restaurant at 44th and France will be the fourth in Dave Anderson's new venture.
New patio furniture outlet takes on Pottery Barn and Frontgate

New patio furniture outlet takes on Pottery Barn and Frontgate

Last year, Jay Dillon and his dad, Bob, began experimenting with the "everyday low price" concept, applying it to patio ­furniture — a rarity in the Twin Cities.
How you can cut the cord and discover TV antenna benefits

How you can cut the cord and discover TV antenna benefits

Cord cutters and cord nevers — people who have never used cable or satellite service — have discovered digital over-the-air channels available for free using an antenna.
Supermarkets keep shoppers guessing with nonfood items

Supermarkets keep shoppers guessing with nonfood items

Stores from Aldi to Hy-Vee surprise customers with furniture and freezers.
Missing Dayton's, Porky's, Moby Dick's? Bygone Brand has a shirt for you

Missing Dayton's, Porky's, Moby Dick's? Bygone Brand has a shirt for you

New T-shirt line honors old favorites.
Twin Cities losing another Scandinavian retailer, at least in brick form

Twin Cities losing another Scandinavian retailer, at least in brick form

AlwaysMod will close in Golden Valley after 17 years, becoming an online-only business.
Former Len Druskin employees still waiting for final paychecks

Former Len Druskin employees still waiting for final paychecks

They have been waiting since five stores closed in February.
Can organic cotton become as mainstream as organic food?

Can organic cotton become as mainstream as organic food?

An Edina business is out to make it as popular as its food counterpart.
Start your engines: Twin Cities Auto Show starts Saturday

Start your engines: Twin Cities Auto Show starts Saturday

The display tackles latest industry trends with the newest cars, while keeping with its traditions
Feb. 15: Gander Mountain statement doesn't clarify report that it's near bankruptcy

Feb. 15: Gander Mountain statement doesn't clarify report that it's near bankruptcy

St. Paul-based retailer did not address reports it was nearing bankruptcy.
Famous Dave's sees another drop in sales

Famous Dave's sees another drop in sales

Famous Dave’s of America Inc. reported it lost nearly $1 million in the last three months of 2016, an improvement over the year-ago period but…
Worried about out-of-stock items, Cub Foods changes promotion schedule

Worried about out-of-stock items, Cub Foods changes promotion schedule

Cub said the change to a Thursday to Wednesday cycle will mean fewer out-of-stock items for Saturday shoppers.
Judith McGrann & Friends gets a new owner

Judith McGrann & Friends gets a new owner

No immediate changes are planned, although plus sizes could be added in future.
Shakeup at Supervalu's Cub Foods: President leaves, search for new leader begins

Shakeup at Supervalu's Cub Foods: President leaves, search for new leader begins

The departure comes as Supervalu is under pressure from grocery-store competitors.
Macy's empties its attic: Elf, Harry Potter holiday animatronics for sale

Macy's empties its attic: Elf, Harry Potter holiday animatronics for sale

Prices on the figures used in the annual Santaland holiday exhibits range from $200 to $1,500 and can be found on the downtown store's fourth floor.
New Hy-Vee in Savage adds more grab-and-go options, beauty department

New Hy-Vee in Savage adds more grab-and-go options, beauty department

Nine more Twin Cities locations are in the pipeline — and it is looking at both downtowns.
Pamela Meyer, longtime Fridley elementary schoolteacher, dies at 67

Pamela Meyer, longtime Fridley elementary schoolteacher, dies at 67

When Pam Meyer was teaching in her Fridley classroom, it was difficult to know who enjoyed the experience more, Meyer or her students. “She made…
Entrepreneur and reality host buys Len Druskin assets

Entrepreneur and reality host buys Len Druskin assets

Len locations in Southdale, Mall of America, Rosedale and Ridgedale closed last week. The City Center was temporarily closed, but reopened Wednesday.
Bollywood, rising South Asian population drive Plymouth online business

Bollywood, rising South Asian population drive Plymouth online business

Surging numbers of Americans with roots in India, including Minnesotans, have Nila Chakraborty seeing red, green, yellow, blue and black.
St. Paul's Gander Mountain said to be nearing bankruptcy

St. Paul's Gander Mountain said to be nearing bankruptcy

Gander Mountain, the outdoor retailer based in St. Paul, is said to be preparing for bankruptcy, according to Reuters. A spokesman said that the company has no statement to offer at this time.
Herberger's recruits local artisans for its Made in Minnesota program

Herberger's recruits local artisans for its Made in Minnesota program

The “buy local” movement has a new ally. Herberger’s, which is part of the parent company Bon-Ton, is expanding its Close to Home program that…
You can have Santa's chair for $300 as Macy's starts unloading items in storage

You can have Santa's chair for $300 as Macy's starts unloading items in storage

The downtown Minneapolis store enters its final clearance phase, with the reopening of the building's fourth floor as space to sell furniture, fixtures and other backroom items.
A lot less wire shelving as closet organizers go upscale

A lot less wire shelving as closet organizers go upscale

Wire shelving is a thing of the past as new stores, like California Closets, step up
Local candy company Abdallah expands to Apple Valley

Local candy company Abdallah expands to Apple Valley

The candy company added a second production facility as well a new store.
When your furnace is red-tagged, ask a lot of questions

When your furnace is red-tagged, ask a lot of questions

Seek more than one opinion, especially if unit is red-tagged.

When a furnace tuneup turns into "You need a new furnace or else," ask a lot of questions

Seek more than one opinion, especially if unit is red-tagged.
QVC serves up prime-time spot for Shakopee soup ladies Sunday

QVC serves up prime-time spot for Shakopee soup ladies Sunday

Makers are on during the big football game, but they know QVC has rabid fans, too.
Pressure on Cub Foods, other grocery operations, send Supervalu into the red

Pressure on Cub Foods, other grocery operations, send Supervalu into the red

The company's adjusted profit fell in the September-to-November period.
Lunds & Byerly's Kitchen concept in Wayzata closes Jan. 22

Lunds & Byerly's Kitchen concept in Wayzata closes Jan. 22

Plans to expand the restaurant concept are now on hold.
Macy's downtown Minneapolis closing sale starts Monday

Macy's downtown Minneapolis closing sale starts Monday

March is the target for closing the landmark store, but no specific date has been set.
One of the oldest Dairy Queens, opened in 1949, closes at 50th and France

One of the oldest Dairy Queens, opened in 1949, closes at 50th and France

A Dairy Queen that opened in 1949 in Minneapolis has served its last Blizzard. The location at 3709 W. 50th St. closed on Saturday, at…
Better Business Bureau revokes MyPillow accreditation over ads

Better Business Bureau revokes MyPillow accreditation over ads

Bureau : BOGO promo was deceptive; firm says that campaign over in 2016.
Making a return? Retailers are ready for you

Making a return? Retailers are ready for you

The notion that stores are making it harder to take an item back no longer holds.
Twin Cities getting a dozen more supermarkets in 2017

Twin Cities getting a dozen more supermarkets in 2017

Fresh Thyme, Hy-Vee and Aldi are opening multiple locations in the metro area in 2017.
Smaaash arcade at MOA quickly learns why this is state of hockey

Smaaash arcade at MOA quickly learns why this is state of hockey

Clearly, they don’t play as much hockey in India as in Minnesota. When Smaaash Chief Executive Keshav Baljee spoke at a media event at Mall…
People line up at this Twin Cities women's store on the day after Christmas

People line up at this Twin Cities women's store on the day after Christmas

After-Christmas sale really means everything goes.
Ugly Christmas sweaters bring pretty penny for retailers

Ugly Christmas sweaters bring pretty penny for retailers

When the ugly sweater trend started about 15 years ago, their popularity spread among thrift shops, surplus stores and vintage apparel shops. Now mainstream retailers have spotted an opportunity, as what once seemed like a fad refuses to fade.
Smaaash, an arcade on steroids, to open at Mall of America

Smaaash, an arcade on steroids, to open at Mall of America

Smaaash founders see $12 million venture as ideal fit for mall.
Second helping for Golden Corral is in Maplewood

Second helping for Golden Corral is in Maplewood

Opening is set for 10:45 a.m. Thursday, in time for lunch.
Steeple People Thrift Store to close unless it can find affordable space

Steeple People Thrift Store to close unless it can find affordable space

If the thrift store closes by Jan. 31, it will be at the busiest time in its history.
Books, beer, and brisket as Barnes & Noble reopens in the Galleria

Books, beer, and brisket as Barnes & Noble reopens in the Galleria

The bookseller's "retail-tainment" concept includes a restaurant and bar at its new spot in the Galleria.
Indie toy store owner finds her place among big box stores

Indie toy store owner finds her place among big box stores

Small Business Saturday kicks off a holiday season that for many retailers can make up 40 percent of revenue.
Black Friday still demands attention, and for good reason

Black Friday still demands attention, and for good reason

The National Retail Federation says 68 percent of stores reported the Friday after Thanksgiving as their biggest sales day of the holiday season last year.
Used electronics retail market boots up in the Twin Cities

Used electronics retail market boots up in the Twin Cities

Amanda LaGrange dumped the title “Tech Dump.” When the CEO of the nonprofit Tech Dump, a St. Paul-based collector and recycler of used, obsolete and…
Arthur Eaton, horse breeder and Apple Valley developer, dies at 87

Arthur Eaton, horse breeder and Apple Valley developer, dies at 87

As his life grew short, Art Eaton thanked his doctors and nurses in the hospital for their kindness and care. His politeness and good humor…
Tim Hortons now open at Mall of America

Tim Hortons now open at Mall of America

A new go kart/gaming space and a Sugarfina candy store also are planned.
Famous Dave's profit is cut to the bone amid revival efforts

Famous Dave's profit is cut to the bone amid revival efforts

"This is a pivotal time in Famous Dave's history," Chief Financial Officer Dexter Newman said, as he and other new executives begin the latest effort to revive the barbecue chain.
TheShops.TV searches for a new shopping host with video contest

TheShops.TV searches for a new shopping host with video contest

No audition is needed, just a video shot on a smartphone.

The mother of holiday pop-up sales debuts at U.S. Bank Stadium

Consumers are attracted to the sales for their exclusive "here today, gone tomorrow" concept.
Thrift stores for building materials ride the re-use wave

Thrift stores for building materials ride the re-use wave

With remodelings on the rise as U.S. homes age, repurposing and reselling the outgoing materials is in demand.
MyPillow gets rude awakening with $1M suit settlement

MyPillow gets rude awakening with $1M suit settlement

The pillows are sold on QVC, infomercials and in malls, but claims of a health benefit have been dropped.
Lowe's challenges Menards with its own 11-percent rebate offer

Lowe's challenges Menards with its own 11-percent rebate offer

The rival's new offer is simpler to get, but it's still not instant.
More Twin Cities residents put down the rake, pick up the smartphone

More Twin Cities residents put down the rake, pick up the smartphone

The Twin Cities region is just starting to see competition among app-based services that offer snow removal, lawn mowing and leaf raking.
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