There is no more Endless Lunch consisting of soup, salad, bread sticks and drinks at the T.G.I. Friday's in Woodbury. No more appetizers, burgers or happy hour, either.

The restaurant at 546 Commons Drive closed Sept. 12. A company spokesperson declined to give a specific reason for the closing but said, "It was a difficult decision to shut the doors of this restaurant, but based on the natural ebb and flow of individual locations. Friday's opens new restaurants and in rare occasions closes others."

The employees were given the opportunity to transfer to other Friday's locations in the Twin Cities. The nearest Friday's is in Maplewood.


Creative Kidstuff at Valley Creek closes

Creative Kidstuff closed on Aug. 31 because its lease in the Valley Creek Plaza expired and the company decided not to renew it, said CEO Roberta Bonoff.

Most of the 14 Woodbury employees were reassigned to Creative Kidstuff's St. Paul store on Grand Avenue or to its Internet sales operations, Bonoff said.

Besides its store in St. Paul, Creative Kidstuff has locations in Edina, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, Wayzata and West Des Moines, Iowa.

Hot Mama now open in Woodbury Lakes

Hot Mama is the newest tenant in the Woodbury Lakes shopping center. The store opened on Wednesday and continues its grand opening celebration through Sunday by offering customers 10 percent off their purchases.

The Edina-based, upscale fashion boutique caters to customers, namely women ages 25 to 50 who want to stay current in fashion, parenting and lifestyle, according to a press release announcing the opening of its eighth Twin Cities store.

The store was named a "Best of the Twin Cities" selection by Minnesota Monthly magazine and has been featured in several trade publications.


TireProz plans to build state-of-the-art store

The Oak Park Heights City Council at its Tuesday meeting is expected to act on an application from TireProz & Wheel Experts, which is seeking to build a store in the city.

The automotive repair and retail center has outgrown its current location and wants a state-of-the-art facility at 14447 N. 60th St., said store spokesman Josh Richie.

The store would be similar to one the family-run business operates in Hudson, Wis.

If approved, the Oak Park Heights store would replace TireProz's current store at Hwy. 36 and Osgood Avenue, where it has operated for six years.


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