Lunds & Byerlys is close to opening its sixth east metro store.
The upmarket grocery chain has announced that its latest location, in White Bear Lake, will have its grand opening on the evening of Thursday, Oct. 4.
Inside the store will be a fully-licensed Creations Cafe, which will sell wines by the glass, up to eight craft beers on tap, as well as offering breakfast, lunch and dinner options.
These will include an Asian-inspired food bar, Pan Pac, a grilled-to-order hamburger bar, Burger Joint, and a build-your-own taco bar, Taco Mas.
You can find the new Lunds & Byerlys store at 4630 Centerville Road.
Lunds & Byerlys has five other locations in the east metro, in St. Paul, Highland Park, Eagan, Woodbury and Roseville.
The Twin Cities grocery wars
Lunds & Byerly's expansion comes at a time of constant flux in the Twin Cities grocery market.
The closure of more than two-dozen metro area stores in 2014 left a vacuum that other retail chains are eager to fill.
Since then, Iowa-based Hy-Vee has arrived in the Twin Cities and began aggressively expanding, with Fresh Thyme another new entrant to the market.
Meanwhile, budget chain Aldi has been opening more stores and refreshing its existing locations, while Lunds & Byerly's, Jerry's Foods and Kowalski's have all been adding locations.
And it goes without saying that Target and Walmart is constantly reinventing its grocery options to grab a bigger slice of the Twin Cities pie.
Meanwhile, the future looks gloomier for the Twin Cities' biggest grocery chain, Cub Foods, which is now facing an uncertain future after its parent company, Supervalu, was recently bought out and its new owner immediately put Cub up for sale.
The Pioneer Press recently floated that possibility that Cub Foods could be the next to go the way of Rainbow, which was a remarkable decline for a chain that just a few years ago dominated the Twin Cities food scene.
As well as other grocery chains, the newspaper notes that Cub is also seeing its market share reduced now that retailers like Menard's, Walgreen's, Holiday and Kwik Trip have been putting more focus on food.