Lunds Begins Work on Downtown Grocery, Liquor Stores

Lunds said that it expects to open its new 20,000-square-foot grocery store and adjacent liquor store in downtown Minneapolis next summer.

Edina-based Lund Food Holdings, Inc., will break ground on its new downtown Minneapolis grocery and liquor stores on Thursday at noon.

The company said that the groundbreaking ceremony will feature remarks from Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, City Councilmember Lisa Goodman, and the company's CEO, Tres Lund.

Plans for the store, which will be located at 1201 Hennepin Avenue, appear to be more or less on track with a previously announced timeline: Lunds told Twin Cities Business in late May that construction was to begin this fall, with a grand opening slated for spring 2012.

The company said on Tuesday that the new full-service, 20,000-square-foot grocery store is expected to open next summer. It will feature a wide selection of fresh foods, including sushi, a full-service deli, grab-and-go salads, and sandwiches. The company also confirmed that the new store will house a Bachman's location and a Caribou Coffee.

Lunds' plans also call for an approximately 5,600-square-foot liquor store at 1208 Harmon Place, on the other side of the block from the planned supermarket.

During the past decade, Lunds bought up nearly the entire city block surrounded by Hennepin Avenue, Harmon Place, 12th Street, and 13th Street. It had put development plans on hold but said in March that it was putting together a plan for the new location.

Minneapolis residents have long showed interest in a downtown grocery store, and it appears as though they might soon have two-the new Lunds store and possibly a Whole Foods, as redevelopment plans progress at the former Jaguar dealership on the corner of Hennepin and Washington Avenues.

Lund Food Holdings currently operates 10 Lunds and 11 Byerly's supermarkets in the Twin Cities metro area.