St. Louis Park Supervalu to Close

The store has struggled since Rainbow opened at the West End.

in St. Louis Park will be closing by the end of September, the store manager said Monday.

Manager Mark Ditter said the grocery store has been “losing money every week” since opened at the nearby shopping area about two years ago.

“We were doing OK until that opened,” Ditter said.

Supervalu, which has been in its current location at the intersection of Lousiana Avenue and Cedar Lake Road since 1997, employs 25 people, Ditter said. The manager said the store will work to get some of them jobs with another Almsted’s Supervalu in Crystal and get other employees jobs with other grocery stores in the area.

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Manny Camilon August 22, 2011 at 08:55 PM
How is that going to impact the other local stores there? The chinese restaurant, the liquor store, the tax (?) place might be ok and the other places.
margaret rog August 22, 2011 at 08:57 PM
Sad...this store has been a community asset. They've employed our young people, contributed to community causes (including our schools, senior programs, STEP, sports teams, and many other programs), and provided an affordable alternative to the high-end and mega-store scene. Many other local stores (Home Hardware, Bean Good coffee shop, True Value hardware) may soon fall if we as a community aren't thoughtful about where we shop. Shop local when you can, it makes our community a better place to live. Thanks to Jim Almstead and the wonderful Almstead's team for many years of friendly, great service!
John Hoeft August 22, 2011 at 10:09 PM
A valuable lesson, if you ignore your local retailers they will go away. Sad to see this location close, I worked there when I was in high school.
Rhoda Quick August 22, 2011 at 10:10 PM
I am very sad to hear that Almstead's SuperValu in St. Louis Park is closing. I have been their best customer since the day they opened (as I have been told by their bag boys). I truly enjoyed their excellent customer service and the bagging people that bagged and carried or wheeled my groceries to the car in any kind of crazy Minnesota weather. This has always been my store of choice and I loved just going in and knowing exactly where everything was located and if I couldn't find something, I could locate a worker right away and they would be happy to get it for me. That's the kind of service you don't get at Cub and Rainbow.
Sue Nash August 23, 2011 at 06:56 AM
Oh, it is now closing and I never walked through their doors. The city is big...advertising might have been helpful. But, I guess too late. Sad to see any business close. Rainbow is nice enough, but not a very friendly sort of place. :(
Wally World August 23, 2011 at 01:28 PM
Sorry to read Almstead's is closing. It was a great source of fresh produce and healthy food for the neighborhood. I was just reading a Hennpin County report about food access (link below). I was amazed how well St. Louis Park is served. This will alter the map. http://www.hennepin.us/files/HennepinUS/HSPHD/Community%20Services/Public%20Health%20Promotion/Health%20at%20the%20Community%20Level/Healthy%20Eating%20Minnesota--full%20report.pdf
Heather G August 23, 2011 at 05:02 PM
I'm really sad to hear this. My 7yr old & I often walk there for a few items when we need them. We could drive to Cub or Rainbow, but I always explain we like to give our business to to the local folks if we can. Of course, the sad thing is. we certainly couldn't afford to do all of our shopping there. Smaller, independant stores must have higher prices to make up for the loss of traffic. I have to say, the customer service at Almesteads has been ALWAYS been WONDERFUL. Re: the "competition," Rainbow's stellar customer service took a nosedive after about 2-3 months & now I hate to go there. Cashiers at Rainbow often don't bag anymore, and if they do, it is with a less-than-enthusiastic attitude. The staff at Almsteads not only bagged, but would often carry the bags to your car. Rainbow should pay ME for my time spent getting refunds contantly because of items ringing up at the wrong price. On the rare occassion something rang up wrong at Almsteads, it was corrected quickly and with a sincere apology. I'll really miss those folks.
Heather G August 23, 2011 at 05:32 PM
Yes, ALWAYS great produce, well worth the healthy walk to the corner. And on more than one occassion, a fresh steak or two, cut to order.
Kate Burggraff August 24, 2011 at 01:47 PM
STEP (St. Louis Park Emergency Program) will be very sad to lose Almsted's Supervalu in our community. Jim Almsted and the local grocery store have been strong supporters of the local food shelf and the St. Louis Park community. We would like to THANK them for their ongoing donations of store gift certificates for purchasing food and for promoting donations to STEP by their customers. Almsted's also has often donated paper grocery bags to the food shelf and other STEP programs, including our annual Back to School Program. We will miss you! Thank you again for your consistent support. --Kate M. Burggraff, Volunteer Coordinator & Food Shelf Manager STEP: St. Louis Park Emergency Program www.STEPslp.org
EAM August 25, 2011 at 01:28 PM
Very sad to hear this. Love this little neighborhood store and the people who work there. While I, too, can't afford to do the 'major haul' at Almsteads, it's where I go when I need the basics and have always appreciated the cleanliness of the store as well as the wonderful people working there. I will be sad to see it go. And I hope to God they don't class-down the building like they did the old Snyder's store-- with "Family Dollar" (aka made-in-China-full-of-lead).
susan wehr September 03, 2011 at 03:38 AM
What's happening to our neighborhood? The addition of the Dollar Store and now the demise of Almsteds. It's becoming more and more tacky. I'm almost afraid to see what comes next in that space. I'll miss all the hard working people at Almsteds. It's difficult to find service like that anymore.


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