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John Ewoldt

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Supervalu sees wholesale gains in latest quarter, but reports quarterly loss on charges

The company announced another acquisition in its wholesale division, Associated Grocers of Florida.
Galleria to add Z Gallerie home furnishings and two local pop-ups

Galleria to add Z Gallerie home furnishings and two local pop-ups

The Edina mall will be 51 percent home goods stores when latest firm opens.
Small, local retailers battle hard for customers

Small, local retailers battle hard for customers

Small retailers sharpen skills to keep their customers coming back.
Rosedale will open an indoor version of Extreme Sandbox in November

Rosedale will open an indoor version of Extreme Sandbox in November

Malls are bringing in new entertainment concepts to provide experiences that can't be found online.
Winter is coming, and storing seasonal toys and tools has become big business

Winter is coming, and storing seasonal toys and tools has become big business

Midwest seeing jump in the businesses involved and the services they offer.
Delta Air Lines makes Diamond status even harder to achieve

Delta Air Lines makes Diamond status even harder to achieve

Loyalty program qualification balloons from $25,000 to $250,000 in American Express SkyMiles purchases.
Fairview Wine in Roseville, which battled nearby Total Wine, to close

Fairview Wine in Roseville, which battled nearby Total Wine, to close

Steve Burwell's store opened in 1985, and the competition moved nearby in 2014.
Hy-Vee's growth in the Twin Cities could get a boost from giant Austin facility

Hy-Vee's growth in the Twin Cities could get a boost from giant Austin facility

The 1-million square foot facility would be its first distribution center outside of Iowa.
Bon-Ton sheds Herberger's Rosedale store in $19 million deal

Bon-Ton sheds Herberger's Rosedale store in $19 million deal

The company attempted a sale and lease-back of the same location last year.
With Herberger's remodel done, Rosedale moves on to what's next

With Herberger's remodel done, Rosedale moves on to what's next

Enhancements include more lighting, centralized dressing rooms with more seating for friends and family, open concept cosmetics areas and some larger departments.
Galleria in Edina adds Design Within Reach, a Connecticut-based seller of furniture

Galleria in Edina adds Design Within Reach, a Connecticut-based seller of furniture

The modern offerings at Design Within Reach add to furnishings footprint at Edina's destination mall.
Baja Sol restaurants close without notice

Baja Sol restaurants close without notice

Local chain made no public announcement but all seven of the Twin Cities locations have suddenly closed.
Downtown Minneapolis ready for boost from Nordstrom Rack opening

Downtown Minneapolis ready for boost from Nordstrom Rack opening

No other Racks are on deck in the Twin Cities, but the Mall of America location will be remodeled.
Hy-Vee makes deals with Wahlburgers, Orangetheory Fitness

Hy-Vee makes deals with Wahlburgers, Orangetheory Fitness

The Des Moines-based chain that is growing fast in the Twin Cities will add burger outlets and fitness centers.
Which nonfood booth at the State Fair generates the most cash?

Which nonfood booth at the State Fair generates the most cash?

It's one that appeals to another primal craving: the need for cash — potentially lots of it.
Whole Foods cuts prices after Amazon deal, with sellouts in downtown Mpls.

Whole Foods cuts prices after Amazon deal, with sellouts in downtown Mpls.

Whole Foods slashed prices in an attention-getting first day of business after its new owner, Amazon.com Inc.'s, officially took control. The companies signaled the selective cuts last week.
When being a doctor was not an option, she became a nurse

When being a doctor was not an option, she became a nurse

In 1944, when Vija Vilks was 15, she and her family left her native Latvia to escape Russian occupation. They started to leave by land,…
Revolving door of restaurant closings keeps auction houses busy

Revolving door of restaurant closings keeps auction houses busy

"I don't think we've ever seen such an aggressive, persistent number of closures as we've seen in the last six to 12 months," a 30-year veteran of restaurant auctions says. Auction houses are thriving, including those in the Twin Cities.
Check out these home hardware liquidators

Check out these home hardware liquidators

Brand Name Deals (8024 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Park, 763-210-5833). A new location includes home improvement. Building Materials Outlet (3045 Sibley Memorial Hwy., Eagan,…

Sales declines fell at a slower rate at Famous Dave's, and execs aim for turnaround

Barbecue chain has cut expenses, closed six sites since beginning of year.
When an app is too hard, Alexa will order your lawn service

When an app is too hard, Alexa will order your lawn service

Plowz & Mowz believes the voice-activated assistant will make scheduling the "easiest" it has ever been.
Twin Cities' seventh Hy-Vee store opens in Cottage Grove on Tuesday

Twin Cities' seventh Hy-Vee store opens in Cottage Grove on Tuesday

The seventh area store, opening in Cottage Grove on Tuesday, is designed with millennial tastes in mind
Supervalu plots to keep Cub Foods on top in the Twin Cities

Supervalu plots to keep Cub Foods on top in the Twin Cities

The biggest grocery chain in the Twin Cities — Cub Foods — has half the market share it did 20 years ago. Can it remain the market leader? The person who is ultimately responsible for Cub's future says it can.
Supervalu's profit and sales leap, as wholesale business again outshines retailers like Cub

Supervalu's profit and sales leap, as wholesale business again outshines retailers like Cub

The company's share price jumped 15 percent despite a weak retail performance.
Are dehumidifiers working for fewer summers? Growing recalls frustrate consumers

Are dehumidifiers working for fewer summers? Growing recalls frustrate consumers

As summer weather turns hotter and more humid, more consumers are discovering their dehumidifiers aren't as trusty as those in basements past.
How much do top State Fair vendors make? It's millions for some, report says

How much do top State Fair vendors make? It's millions for some, report says

Sweet Martha's gobbles up more than 8 percent of the fair's food revenue with $4 million.
Pocket Your Dollars founder Carrie Rocha sells money-saving website

Pocket Your Dollars founder Carrie Rocha sells money-saving website

One of the country's top consumer deal bloggers is moving on from the site she founded.
Bite Squad delivery service expands to more Twin Cities suburbs

Bite Squad delivery service expands to more Twin Cities suburbs

The move adds 130,000 households in Maple Grove, Minnetonka, Plymouth and Eden Prairie.
How to find the best deals on Amazon Prime Day today

How to find the best deals on Amazon Prime Day today

Experts say to check for competing bargains from other retailers, which can be even better.
Kowalski's debuts mobile curbside delivery service in Woodbury

Kowalski's debuts mobile curbside delivery service in Woodbury

App will serve other nearby businesses, including restaurants and a pet shop.
Gander Mountain: Six Minnesota stores to close, six to stay open

Gander Mountain: Six Minnesota stores to close, six to stay open

Six will remain, six will close across the state, Camping World Holdings says
Besanko tapped by Kohl's as new CFO, exiting Supervalu

Besanko tapped by Kohl's as new CFO, exiting Supervalu

Bruce Besanko, the No. 2 executive at Supervalue, is moving to Kohl's Corp. as CFO.
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.
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