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John Ewoldt

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Golden Corral, buffet of the South, opens first spot in Twin Cities tomorrow

Golden Corral, buffet of the South, opens first spot in Twin Cities tomorrow

Maple Grove Golden Corral plans to fill in the gaps that Old Country Buffet left behind.

J.C. Penney adds major appliance showrooms in Minnesota

Six showrooms will open Friday, with more to open in early fall.
Smart shopping: What customers really want is not always what they say they want

Smart shopping: What customers really want is not always what they say they want

Consumers can be very irrational beings. We say we want good customer service and locally owned retailers, for instance. But I'm not so sure.
Famous Dave's sales slip, but restaurant chain squeaks out a small profit gain

Famous Dave's sales slip, but restaurant chain squeaks out a small profit gain

Executives trimmed expenses sharply but couldn't keep up with the decline in revenue.
Jack Rajala, generational leader of Minnesota lumber family

Jack Rajala, generational leader of Minnesota lumber family

Jack Rajala was the rare timber man who was able to build a bridge between his family's logging business and those who wanted to conserve…
Edina's Evereve enlists experts to expand brand

Edina's Evereve enlists experts to expand brand

Crate & Barrel founder, others advise Edina-based women's store.
Sunday conversation with Wayne Zink of My Sister

Sunday conversation with Wayne Zink of My Sister

Wayne Zink, chairman of My Sister, and Mandy Multerer, CEO, formed a Twin Cities benefit corporation to bring awareness to sex trafficking and help women and girls affected by it.
Fresh Thyme opens two more stores, in Vadnais Heights and Savage

Fresh Thyme opens two more stores, in Vadnais Heights and Savage

The stores are the third and fourth on the way to a dozen that are planned for the Twin Cities.
Muller suburban movie theatres sold to Detroit company

Muller suburban movie theatres sold to Detroit company

The family-owned cinema chain stayed on top of the trends.
Edina's Galleria adding space for as many as 12 new stores

Edina's Galleria adding space for as many as 12 new stores

In other moves, Free People just opened, to be followed soon by Tory Burch and Vineyard Vines.
Lower food prices add to challenges at Supervalu

Lower food prices add to challenges at Supervalu

Conditions that have hurt sales and cut into profits aren't expected to go away this year.
Buffalo Wild Wings announces higher profits, but per-store sales remain under pressure

Buffalo Wild Wings announces higher profits, but per-store sales remain under pressure

Restaurant chain ended a streak of missing the profit mark analysts had set.
Retirement on credit?

Retirement on credit?

Credit cards are not the answer for securing retirement income.

Buffalo Wild Wings stock rises with new stakeholder disclosure

Marcato Capital says it wants a say in the company's strategy to boost its slumping shares.
Tile Shop recovers, builds momentum with product innovation

Tile Shop recovers, builds momentum with product innovation

Do-it-yourselfers and rehabbers help Plymouth retailer turn the corner.
Golden Corral will open in 2 former Old Country Buffets in Twin Cities

Golden Corral will open in 2 former Old Country Buffets in Twin Cities

As many as seven restaurants could open in Old Country sites throughout the Twin Cities.
Tile Shop shares drop as turnaround momentum slows

Tile Shop shares drop as turnaround momentum slows

The retailer's profit jumped sharply but slowing sales growth prompted a stock sell-off.
Meijer grocery chain drops plans for a Lake Elmo superstore

Meijer grocery chain drops plans for a Lake Elmo superstore

Superstore chain was exploring locations for four Twin Cities operations.
Local entrepreneur adds color in the bedroom

Local entrepreneur adds color in the bedroom

Local designer and entrepreneur Colette Jaffe finds a retail home in the North Loop
Buffalo Wild Wings launches Fast Break lunch guarantee

Buffalo Wild Wings launches Fast Break lunch guarantee

Most Americans have only 30 to 40 minutes for lunch from the time they arrive to the time they leave, according to research from Buffalo…
Albertville outlet mall stakes a bet on Finnish brand

Albertville outlet mall stakes a bet on Finnish brand

It's a test that's unusual for both the sportswear brand and the outlet mall.
Sam's Club takes advantage of Costco's Citi Visa fumble

Sam's Club takes advantage of Costco's Citi Visa fumble

There's a new salvo in the competition at the biggest big-box stores — and it may pay off for consumers this weekend. Sam's Club will allow people who have just a Costco membership card to shop its stores through Monday.
Want a beer with your book? That will be an option at Barnes & Noble

Want a beer with your book? That will be an option at Barnes & Noble

The expanded food and beverage service will open late 2017. The Calhoun Village location will close.
New Lakeville Hy-Vee grocery store will offer clothes, too

New Lakeville Hy-Vee grocery store will offer clothes, too

Hy-Vee adds even more grab-and-go items in its new Lakeville store opening Tuesday, as well as a fast fashion boutique.
Don't give away the family jewels; ask an expert what they're worth

Don't give away the family jewels; ask an expert what they're worth

It's possible that somewhere in a lifetime of accumulation lies a down payment on a new car, a weekend getaway or dinner at a nice restaurant.
Extreme Sandbox in Hastings lets adults play with really big toys

Extreme Sandbox in Hastings lets adults play with really big toys

The business is part of a growing industry that aims to provide thrills by letting people try out machinery that would normally be available only to trained specialists. In Minnesota, you can operate a battle tank, fly in a fighter jet simulator or drive a firetruck.
Tory Burch boutique coming to the Galleria

Tory Burch boutique coming to the Galleria

Burch's brand, which personifies a preppy bohemian look, has ascended quickly since she launched in 2004.
Cruising the Rhine the Viking way

Cruising the Rhine the Viking way

A springtime trip shows that Viking River Cruises is upholding its quality of service, even as it expands.
Frothy Minnesota market might not bear much more craft beer

Frothy Minnesota market might not bear much more craft beer

But even as beer drinkers celebrate their constantly growing range of choices, caution signs are starting to appear.
Coastal Seafoods sold to Chicago's Fortune Fish & Gourmet

Coastal Seafoods sold to Chicago's Fortune Fish & Gourmet

The new owner, a Chicago company, will retain locations and employees.
Anselmo was judge, mental health advocate

Anselmo was judge, mental health advocate

Arthur Anselmo recognized himself in Rudyard Kipling's poem "If.""If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster/And treat those two impostors just the same/ … Yours…
Portrait of a young Prince to be auctioned at MCAD Friday

Portrait of a young Prince to be auctioned at MCAD Friday

Sale of 1977 Robert Whitman photo of Prince will aid Mpls. College of Art & Design
Glen Nelson, health care innovator and ex-Park Nicollet exec, dies at 79

Glen Nelson, health care innovator and ex-Park Nicollet exec, dies at 79

The husband of Marilyn Carlson Nelson went from the operating room to boardroom.
Cub Foods takes on Hy-Vee in Oakdale

Cub Foods takes on Hy-Vee in Oakdale

A new Cub takes on Hy-Vee in Oakdale as metro shopping options grow.
Prince's estate highlights the value of creating a will

Prince's estate highlights the value of creating a will

The taxes and financial hassle of an estate going through probate court ought to be enough to convince anyone -- even those with modest estates -- to have your affairs in order.
Mulberrys Garment Care launches app for delivery service in Minneapolis

Mulberrys Garment Care launches app for delivery service in Minneapolis

If Uber can transport Dan Miller when he travels, and Instacart delivers his groceries, why not a mobile app to pick up dry cleaning in…
Saks Off 5th outlet store opens Thursday in City Center

Saks Off 5th outlet store opens Thursday in City Center

Saks Off 5th, the outlet store of the Saks Fifth Avenue, is reopening Thursday in downtown Minneapolis, just across the street from a location it…
Scolding and shaming: The best retirement savings motivation?

Scolding and shaming: The best retirement savings motivation?

Are we in the middle class wearing blinders about retirement? We’re told that more than 60 percent of Americans have less than $25,000 saved for…
Soup biz heats up in Shakopee

Soup biz heats up in Shakopee

After almost 30 years, the Maggie and Mary's line is close to an overnight success with help from QVC and Sam's Club.
Minnesota-inspired Boathouse to open in Shanghai Disney

Minnesota-inspired Boathouse to open in Shanghai Disney

Schussler Creative is expanding its Boathouse restaurant to China after a successful year in Orlando's Disney Springs.
Oldest men's store in Minneapolis celebrates century in business

Oldest men's store in Minneapolis celebrates century in business

As Hubert White menswear turns 100, its longevity can be traced to staff, luck and a willingness to expand beyond suits and ties.
Solar `speed dating' matches consumers with firms that are building solar gardens

Solar `speed dating' matches consumers with firms that are building solar gardens

At Saturday's event, consumers can meet with six vendors and compare their contracts.
More stores join trend of charging customers for loyalty programs

More stores join trend of charging customers for loyalty programs

The vast majority of loyalty programs are free to consumers, but Restoration Hardware home furnishings stores recently joined a growing number of retailers to start charging a fee to get the rewards of shopping loyalty.
Costco sets June switchover from AmEx to Visa

Costco sets June switchover from AmEx to Visa

The warehouse retailer will then make the full switch to Citigroup Visa.
John Goodman, builder of senior-living communities, dies at 66

John Goodman, builder of senior-living communities, dies at 66

He designed homes that aimed to enhance residents' well-being
PlayStation Vue debuts in Twin Cities with streaming TV, sports

PlayStation Vue debuts in Twin Cities with streaming TV, sports

Sports fans — the group of consumers least likely to be cord cutters — just got a new temptation to drop cable or satellite TV.
Why don't businesses have people for customers' calls?

Why don't businesses have people for customers' calls?

When luxury retailers sell a simple gray T-shirt for about $100, it boggles the mind that it imitates Aldi and refuses to have store phone numbers.
Twin Cities Auto Show scraps Green Room for all Electric

Twin Cities Auto Show scraps Green Room for all Electric

The 2016 Twin Cities Auto Show has a roomful of electric vehicles, supplanting past years' Green Room.

Opitz Outlet to open a new Annex store in Minneapolis

Opitz Outlet, the popular Twin Cities discount boutique for designer clothing, is setting up shop in Minneapolis.An Annex store, similar to the one in St.…
Aldi embracing credit cards, healthier options after Minnesota test

Aldi embracing credit cards, healthier options after Minnesota test

The discount grocer said a test run in Minnesota was a hit.
Soda pop retailer hopes to duplicate craft beer's hipness

Soda pop retailer hopes to duplicate craft beer's hipness

Craft sodas have flourished in the rise of local and "craft" products, from beers to chocolates and other foods.
Von Maur will add a second Twin Cities store in Rosedale

Von Maur will add a second Twin Cities store in Rosedale

The Davenport, Iowa-based department store will occupy a two-story, 140,000-square-foot expansion space at the mall, Pat Trudgeon, Roseville city manager, said Wednesday.
Obituary: Lynn Elling was warrior for world peace

Obituary: Lynn Elling was warrior for world peace

Many World War II veterans kept silent about their experience. Lynn Elling used the horrors he witnessed in war to try to end future ones.…
Time to reconsider the time-share market?

Time to reconsider the time-share market?

What's spring break without the enticement of a time-share? Should you take the bait and get a freebie in exchange for four hours of your vacation?
Gravitational wave breakthrough used Burnsville firm's supercomputing system

Gravitational wave breakthrough used Burnsville firm's supercomputing system

When scientists last September heard and recorded the sound of two black holes colliding a billion light-years away, they did it with a high-performance cluster of computers designed and built by Nor-Tech
Home remodeler creates bundled services to lower cost, save time

Home remodeler creates bundled services to lower cost, save time

The St. Louis Park company offers itemized packages to end sticker shock.
While Chipotle is closed Monday, Freshii tempts customers with deal

While Chipotle is closed Monday, Freshii tempts customers with deal

On Monday, all Chipotle restaurants are closing until midafternoon, missing the lunchtime rush, for employees to receive health and food safety training after customers in Minnesota and elsewhere.
Decor superstore At Home arrives in Burnsville with 3,000 pillows

Decor superstore At Home arrives in Burnsville with 3,000 pillows

The Texas retailer opens a location in Burnsville with plenty of fanfare and more than 3,000 accent pillows.
Free recycling of your old TVs and monitors is on the decline

Free recycling of your old TVs and monitors is on the decline

Best Buy joins Hennepin County and Carver County and many other government recycling agencies across the country that now charge nominal fees for disposal.
Rainforest Cafe, a little less wet, reopens at the Mall of America

Rainforest Cafe, a little less wet, reopens at the Mall of America

The restaurant kept most of its features but lost water elements as it starts fresh
Your best financial adviser? Start with your employer

Your best financial adviser? Start with your employer

When I attempted to become a financial planner years ago, I realized that a successful adviser has to be a good salesperson first and an educator and adviser second.
Dayton's scion Bob Dayton, who owned the Harold store, dies

Dayton's scion Bob Dayton, who owned the Harold store, dies

He spent his early career in the family business before buying Harold department store.
Gold buyers, sellers wait for precious metal's luster to return

Gold buyers, sellers wait for precious metal's luster to return

With prices far below their peak, no one is rushing to get cash for old jewelry.
Eagan company's gear will warm Vikings, Seahawks in Sunday's subzero temps

Eagan company's gear will warm Vikings, Seahawks in Sunday's subzero temps

WSI Sports in Eagan will supply layers for Sunday's subzero temps.
Warmer holiday shopping season ends with discounts on cold-weather gear

Warmer holiday shopping season ends with discounts on cold-weather gear

Outdoors retailers have struggled to sell cold-weather gear so far
Love the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping? Today is your day

Love the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping? Today is your day

As procrastination reigns, Super Saturday could eclipse Black Friday.
More retailers create friendlier return policies

More retailers create friendlier return policies

There’s good news for consumers this holiday season. The chances of getting many happy returns after Christmas have improved a bit. According to the annual…
CVS completes acquisition of Target pharmacy and clinic business

CVS completes acquisition of Target pharmacy and clinic business

Target Corp. and CVS Health Corp. announced Wednesday the completion of CVS' acquisition of Target's pharmacy and clinic businesses for $1.9 billion.
Most popular gift of the season was probably made in the Twin Cities

Most popular gift of the season was probably made in the Twin Cities

Last-minute holiday shoppers won't find "Made in Minnesota" on a gift card they snap up in the next few days, but chances are it was.
Gabberts mulls leaving Galleria as shopping center weighs expansion

Gabberts mulls leaving Galleria as shopping center weighs expansion

Retailer could join the growing list if it isn't given the OK to raise its ceilings.
Old Friend Footwear begins to raise its profile in its Twin Cities home

Old Friend Footwear begins to raise its profile in its Twin Cities home

The company is holding the first of what will likely become an annual warehouse sale on Saturday.
Record traffic on Cyber Monday led to site troubles for Target, others

Record traffic on Cyber Monday led to site troubles for Target, others

Site crashes aside, Cyber Monday's likely $3B in sales underscored retail's evolution.
For small retailers like Patina, the make-or-break holidays take a year of preparation

For small retailers like Patina, the make-or-break holidays take a year of preparation

There were no “doorbuster deals” and no one busting down the door at the Patina lifestyle store in south Minneapolis on the morning of Black…
For hard-core holiday shoppers, Thanksgiving is the new king

For hard-core holiday shoppers, Thanksgiving is the new king

Families making retail stops an annual tradition as officials say Thanksgiving sales were promising.
At Magers & Quinn, big-box critics cast shadow on store's Thanksgiving tradition

At Magers & Quinn, big-box critics cast shadow on store's Thanksgiving tradition

For 13 years, Magers & Quinn has opened on Thanksgiving, but now it has critics
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