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Hardware Store to Replace SLP Supervalu

Almsted's Supervalu is set to close on Sept. 17.

As one St. Louis Park business closes, another one will be relocating from across town to fill the space.

will be moving from the on Excelsior Boulevard to take over the building currently occupied by , which is set to close on Sept. 17, according to the owner.

Ben Steinberg, a principal with Tri Star Management, which owns the property, said he expects Jerry's to move into the 12,600 square-foot space by early October and hopefully open sometime in December.

The change will mark the end of a 14-year run for Almsted's Supervalu at the corner of Louisiana Avenue and Cedar Lake Road. Management said the store was "losing money every week" since opened at the about two years ago.

Steinberg said he was sad to see Almsted's Supervalu go, but acknowledged that it was a tough spot to have a grocery store.

"This location has been hit from every direction with competition," Steinberg said, noting Rainbow as well as , and the across the street. "It just became impossible."

Steinberg did say he was excited to bring in Jerry's, which will feature a garden center.

"I have a feeling this is a pretty good location for the hardware store," he said.

The moving and shaking is part of a larger transformation of the Westwood Shopping Center. In August, a Family Dollar store opened in part of the space left vacant by the closing of Snyder's Drug in April 2010. Steinberg said Family Dollar took up about two-thirds of the vacant space, and he added that he hopes to have a new tenant signed for the rest of the space by next week.

Steinberg did not disclose the name of the potential tenant or what type of business it is, but he did say it is a "national" company.

"It's kind of a renaissance for the Westwood Shopping Center," Steinberg added.

Sharon September 08, 2011 at 06:02 PM
Oh no! I depend on Jerry's at Miracle Mile! It is close and convenient. One of the best amenities of the Browndale neighborhood. It is a huge loss for us.
Peter September 08, 2011 at 06:17 PM
I am super-excited to have Jerry's right next to my house! But for competition's sake, it's current location is best because up here there is not too far a home depot and menard's. Hmmmm.
Carol Henderson September 08, 2011 at 08:34 PM
Very bummed about losing Almsted's. A lot of local seniors depend on that store being within walking distance.
Erica Strohl September 09, 2011 at 01:05 PM
I too am concerned about Almstead's closing because many nearby residents walked there to buy groceries. I fear that those same people will now be left without access to fresh fruit and vegetables and will instead rely entirely on processed food from Walgreen's or Family Dollar.
MattH September 09, 2011 at 06:46 PM
The loss of Jerry's is sad for Browndale and Minnikahda Vista. I often convince myself to shop there instead of trekking over to Home Depot. But now I think they'd be pretty much the same distance. Maybe they didn't realize that the Menards up the road from that location is being rebuilt?
Tim Brausen September 09, 2011 at 08:12 PM
Though I am excited to have a new hardware store in the area (we lost ours at Westwood about 10 years ago), the loss of Almsted's is distressing, as they provided many seniors and local residents with groceries. I often thought that if Almsted's had worked harder on selection (they would have large shelves of the same product), healthier options, and pricing, they could have competed against the local Cub and even Trader Joes in Minnetonka. We're sad to see them leave this end of St. Louis Park.
Heather G September 09, 2011 at 10:14 PM
My daughter and I usually make the trek up to SuperValu almost every Sunday for excersize, and usually buy some fresh fruit & veggies. I liked showing her how important it is to support the local community. We didn't have these opportunities in FL, where I'm originally from, (nothing is ever close to residents, except in senior communities, very little pedestrian traffic.) I'm so sorry to see this lesson lost, but she'll have the memories for the rest of her life. I think I'll like the hardware store being there, and when possible I'll make the extra effort to go there instead of HD or Menards. But still so sad to see Almsteds go.
guy davidson September 10, 2011 at 04:06 AM
Welcome Jerry's...but how can you compete with home depot and menards a mile away?
Ryan Libson September 12, 2011 at 07:50 PM
@guy davidson - tell that to Settergrens or the Frattalones - big box has it's place but I never go to home hardware without finding what I need and it's close. Only downside is he's closed on Sundays. Jerry's do it best ought to find a nice little sweetspot in that location.

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