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Lunds & Byerlys planning new store, apartments on Grand Avenue

The grocery chain plans to open what would be its 29th store.

Grocery store chain Lunds & Byerlys is planning a move to St. Paul's Grand Avenue as part of a mixed-use development.

The company will hold a listening session with the Summit Hill Association about its plans for the development, which would comprise market rate housing in a building anchored by one of its stores.

It has proposed for the units at 791 and 799 Grand Avenue, on the north side of the street, which was most recently home to North Face and Ann Taylor Loft, sparking concern about the future of retail on Grand.

Historically, the site had been home to a Knowlan's grocery store between 1971 and 1996, and prior to that it was a Rooney's grocery store, and a Klein's grocery store.

Lunds & Byerlys currently has 27 stores in the Twin Cities metro. It announced this past fall plans to build its 28th in Apple Valley; the Grand Avenue store would be its 29th.

It only has two existing stores in St. Paul, one in Highland Park and the other downtown.

The Summit Hill Association listening session about the plans will be held on Monday, Mar. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Mount Zion Temple at 1300 Summit Ave.

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In a letter to the Summit Hill Association, L&B President Tres Lund said: "We’re excited about the opportunity to preserve the heritage and nature of this location with a vibrant development featuring a Lunds & Byerlys and market-rate housing."

"While selling groceries is what we do ... we strive for our stores to represent so much more than that to the community," he added. "It’s a place where neighbors frequently meet neighbors to catch up on the news of the day.

"It’s a place where our extended family of employees develop deep and meaningful connections with local residents and businesses. And it’s about helping other local organizations who are also working hard to make this such a great community."

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