Lund Food Holdings
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Lunds and Byerly's are upscale supermarkets in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area of Minnesota. They are both owned and operated by Lund Food Holdings, Inc. As of 2014, there are 14 Lunds stores and 13 Byerly's in the Twin Cities area. Its services include PrairieStone Pharmacy, Caribou Coffee, White Way Cleaners, and Bachman's Florist.
In September 2006, Lunds and Byerly's launched its online grocery shopping service. Shoppers have the option of either picking up their groceries at certain Byerly's stores or having it delivered to their home. The newest store is a Lunds in downtown St. Paul which opened in May 2014.
Lunds was founded as Hove's in the early twentieth century at the corner of Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis. Russell Lund, Sr., an employee, took an equity stake in the cheese and cracker department in 1922 and after founding a popcorn business, a larger stake in 1939. The chain took the Lunds name in 1964.
History of Lunds store openings
- 1939 Minneapolis on Lake Street.
- 1942 Edina at 50th and France
- 1967 Richfield on Penn Avenue
- 1969 Minnetonka
- 1983 St. Paul on Ford Parkway
- 1984 Wayzata
- 1994 Bloomington
- 2001 Plymouth
- 2006 Orono (Navarre)
- 2006 Minneapolis at Central & University
- 2012 Minneapolis at 12th & Hennepin
- 2013 Prior Lake
- 2014 Wayzata in Town Center
- 2014 St. Paul downtown in the Penfield
Byerly's stores, which range in size from 50,000 to 90,000 square feet (8,400 m2), were previously open 24 hours a day. Store hours changed in February 2008 and are now open 6am to 12am. Byerly's locations also offer in-store United States Post Offices, full-service banks, pharmacies, coffee shops, floral departments, and wines & spirits shops. The Saint Paul Byerly's location restaurant has closed due to the lack of customers.
The store is known for its "great customer service" and its deli and bakery. Byerly's is commonly viewed as high-end grocery shopping, and prices are therefore relatively similar to other retail stores selling the same brands. Product quality however is the core focus of Lunds & Byerly's and the prices reflect higher quality products.
In April 1997, the company was purchased by Lund Food Holdings, Inc., parent company of Minneapolis-based Lunds.
History of Byerly's store openings
- 1968 Golden Valley (Underwent remodeling in June 2009)
- 1971 St. Paul
- 1973 Edina (Teardown and build new one on same site 2014)
- 1977 St. Cloud
- 1980 St. Louis Park
- 1982 Minnetonka (Ridgedale) (Renovated in 2011)
- 1986 Bloomington (Location closed in 2006, rebranded Festival Foods)
- 1987 Roseville
- 1988 Burnsville
- 1994 Chanhassen
- 1996 Eagan
- 1999 Maple Grove
- 2014 Woodbury
- 2014 Eden Prairie.
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