Retailers could steal spotlight from Cub

05/22/2009 02:39:39 PM
Ashley Bentley

The Twin Cities retail market, dominated heavily by Supervalu’s Cub Foods, continues to see more chains breaking into the area.

Trader Joe’s, the natural grocery chain that just hit the Twin Cities market three years ago, has plans to add a fourth store to the cities — in St. Paul, Minn. — soon.

“They’re negotiating a space just 1.5 blocks down from The Wedge,” said Tom Rodmyre, warehouse manager for Co-op Partners Warehouse, the distribution arm of Minneapolis-based The Wedge.

According to its Web site, the proposed location for the new Trader Joe’s is 484 Lexington Parkway in St. Paul. That location is 9 miles from The Wedge, which is in Minneapolis.

So far, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods have stayed close to the Twin Cities metro. Trader Joe’s existing stores are in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Osseo, Minn. Whole Foods has two locations, one in Minneapolis and the other in St. Paul.

Mass-market stores like Wal-Mart and Target are attracting more consumers and cutting into grocery business, as well. There have been rumors of a new Wal-Mart Supercenter at the loop between highways 494 and 694, but a Wal-Mart representative declined to verify that rumor.

“They have a huge effect,” Rodmyre said. “That’s part of the reason people are being so price-conscious, because you can go into a Wal-Mart or Super Target and buy an organic head of romaine for less than you can at a co-op.”

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Retail market share for distribution centers serving the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area, according to Trade Dimensions International.


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