June 21, 2005
Target has their eye on the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in St. Paul's Midway neighborhood, directly behind an existing Target store as a possible location for the first Super Target in St. Paul. The St. Paul Port Authority is selling the property and Target is the highest bidder. Plans are not definite yet and the sale wouldn't be finalized until October. Since Wal-Mart opened in the same area last year Target has been searching for a location to open a Super Target.
Super Targets typically employ around 400 people, though the 108 jobs at the hotel will be lost. The Business Journal also weighs in.
Let's count the grocery stores in the Midway:
- Wal-Mart (it's not really a grocery store, but they sell enough food to be worth counting)
- Aldi - currently under construction at University & Lexington
- Proposed Super Target
- Countless Asian markets along University
Hmm... does the Midway really need another grocery store?
May 3, 2005
Lake Street in Minneapolis is about to get its first major reconstruction since 1954 when the streetcars were shut down. A combination of county, city, federal and private funds will pay for the $25 million, 3-year project that will bring wider sidewalks, more street lights and more left-turn lanes to Lake Street. The project will ultimately extend from Uptown to the Mississippi River, through one of the most culturally diverse sections of town.