3 Rainbow stores reopen as Cub Foods, 7 more turning over


On Wednesday, three former Rainbow Foods locations reopened as Cub Foods as a major grocery store transition begins in the Twin Cities metro area.

MPR News reported that the first three Rainbow stores to re-open as Cub Foods stores are in Uptown Minneapolis, St. Paul, and St. Louis Park. The Business Journal said that a total of 10 Rainbow locations will be rebranded as Cub Foods in the next two-and-a-half weeks.

Earlier this year, Milwaukee-based Roundy's announced it was selling 18 Rainbow stores. Those stores went to Supervalu, which owns the Cub franchise, Lund Food Holdings, and other local buyers. Supervalu is hiring more than 700 positions for its new stores, with a majority of the new hires ex-Rainbow employees.

The Southwest Journal focused on the fast turn at the Uptown store. The Rainbow Foods at 1104 Lagoon Ave. in Minneapolis closed since Sunday night and reopened Wednesday. The store pharmacy stayed open during the 60-hour, around-the-clock renovation.

Meanwhile, the Business Journal notes that Supervalu is returning its headquarters to its old home in Eden Prairie. The Eden Prairie-based grocery chain has started renovating its former headquarters where it intends to relocate about 1,000 employees from its current space. Supervalu has been trying to sell its former campus since 2012, but no deal ever came together. The property had an initial asking price of $28.5 million.

The Cub headquarters in Stillwater is not impacted by the shift in office space in Eden Prairie.

In other grocery expansion news, on July 1, the Star Tribune reported that a new Kowalski's Market will open in downtown Excelsior. The story noted the town hasn’t had a grocery since the mid-1980s, when Red Owl left. The new store could open as soon as next March; construction is expected to begin in late August or early September.

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