New Cub Foods Opens in Oakdale Today

Cub Foods opens their relocated store at Bergen Plaza in Oakdale today.   This corporate store is over 70,000 sf, and showcases upgraded perishables along with full service deli, meat and seafood departments.  New offerings added to this store include bulk honey and olive oil bars.  It was also just announced that the Big Thrill Factory is going to go in to the former Cub Foods location.  Big Thrill currently has a successful store at Hwys. 101 and 7 in Minnetonka that opened 3 years ago. 

Cub has been aggressive with their new store growth, with a corporate store opening in White Bear Lake last December and a new location now under construction in Blaine west.

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Hy-Vee confirms second Twin Cities grocery store location

MSPBJ reports that Hy-Vee has confirmed that its second Twin Cities grocery store will be in Oakdale.

The West Des Moines, Iowa-based grocery retailer plans to hire 450 people for the store, it said in a news release.

Hy-Vee said it worked with city officials “for several months to secure” the city-owned property at Interstate 694 and 10th Street North. It expects to submit initial build plans to city officials in August. An opening has not yet been scheduled.

In addition to Oakdale, the grocery chain has also scouted sites in Apple Valley and discussed getting in on new developments in Maple Grove and Eagan.

Oakdale Kmart is closing this fall

Pioneer Press reports that Kmart in Oakdale has begun liquidating its inventory after the retailer said the store would close in September as part of a nationwide restructuring.

The store, at 10th Street North near Interstate 694, is the only Minnesota location market closing.

The Oakdale Kmart opened in 1979 and employs 77 hourly workers. They will receive severance packages and can apply for openings at other local Kmart or Sears stores

According to the corporate website, there are 16 other Kmart stores in Minnesota.

Supervalu, Lunds buying 18 Rainbow stores in Minnesota

MSPBJ reports that Roundy’s Inc. is getting out of the Twin Cities market, announcing the sale Wednesday of 18 Rainbow Foods stores in the Twin Cities to local grocers Lund Food Holdings, Supervalu Inc. and three other independent retailers.

The companies are paying $65 million for the stores and their inventory. They say they’ll turn 10 stores into Cub Foods, two stores into Byerly’s and keep the Rainbow Foods name on six.

The seller, Milwaukee-based Roundy’s, said in a press release that it will exit the Twin Cities entirely by selling or closing the nine Twin Cities Rainbow Foods stores that aren’t part of this deal. Roundy’s has slowly been closing stores in the market for a few years while focusing on Chicago.

The deal is expected to be finalized in the next 60 to 90 days. Read more

Retail Odds & Ends

Boom Island Brewing Company has moved to new quarters at 2014 Washington Avenue North in the Minneapolis North Loop and will be opening a 49 seat tap room and patio.

Bridal Aisle Consignment has leased 2,912 square feet in a shopping center at Co. Road 81 and Hwy 169, Osseo, MN.

Great River Pet Center opened in 5,476 square feet freestanding building at 694 and Century Avenue, Oakdale, MN.  GRPC is a boarding and pet care business.

Apple is relocating its store at Rosedale Center. It will move in December into a larger space that is just less than 10,000 square feet.

Oakdale Village is sold to REIT

Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal reports that Artis REIT, a Winnepeg, Manitoba-based real estate investment trust, closed this week on the purchase of Oakdale Village, a 164,000-square-foot shopping center that has changed hands twice in the past six years.

Artis bought the property for $34 million, according to a certificate of real estate value filed with Washington County. The seller was LaSalle Investment Management, based in Chicago, which had purchased the center in 2010 for $24.6 million.

Artis is one of the largest landlords in the Twin Cities, owning about six million square feet of industrial, office and retail space.

Minnesota will soon see two new Caribou Coffee locations

United Properties will develop two new retail locations for Caribou Coffee in Anoka and Oakdale, Minnesota. Both freestanding locations will be about 1,800 square feet and include a drive-through.

The new Anoka Caribou Coffee will be located at the northwest corner of Ferry Street and Main Street. The new Oakdale Caribou Coffee will be located at the northeast corner of Highway 36 and Century Ave. Construction on both locations will begin in April of 2013.

“We’re very excited to be working with Caribou Coffee on these two build-to-suit projects, and we look forward to future projects with them,” said Keith Ulstad, senior vice president of development at United Properties.

Tricia Pitchford, Ned Rukavina and David Daly of Cushman & Wakefield/NorthMarq represented Caribou Coffee in both transactions.

‘Premier Center’ Opens First Location in Minnesota

According to OakdalePatch, Oakdale is getting another new child care center. Little Minds Learning Center will be opening in Oakdale next to the Novation Credit Union this spring. The center received city approval in November.

Little Minds Learning Center currently has locations in Hudson, River Falls and Onalaska. This will be their first center in Minnesota and schedule for a May or June 2013 opening.

At full capacity LMLC has approximately 35 teachers, a full-time director, 14 full-time teachers and food and nutrition specialist.

New Business Owners Drawn to Oakdale to Open Gym

Business owners Brian Coleman and Ramar Harper opened their first gym in Oakdale on Sept. 1.

It’s more than your average gym.  Derived Beings, located at 1047 Helmo Ave., is a new gym that offers CrossFit, yoga, nutrition consultation and mental toughness, among other fitness elements.

Owners Brian Coleman and Ramar Harper opened the gym on Sept. 1.

“The theory behind Derived Beings is utilizing these fundamentals of fitness, including nutrition, community and mental toughness and combine them to make our facility best suit individuals,” Harper said.  Read more

Oakdale Fast Food Chain Undergoes Remodeling

Burger King off of 10th Street is in the midst of a remodeling project that should wrap up in three weeks.

Burger King in Oakdale is one of five stores across the state undergoing remodeling. Over the next few years, the popular fast food restaurant will be revamping five to eight stores a year. This year, Burger King is remodeling locations Rochester, Owatonna, White Bear Lake, Maple Grove and Oakdale.

Construction at the Oakdale location (off of 10th Street) began last week. Burger King’s dining room is currently being remodeled and will also have new landscaping.

Right now the drive-thru window is the only aspect of the building that is open. After next week the entire facility — including the drive-thru window — will be shut down to finish the remodeling. (Source: OakdalePatch)