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Cub Foods will open a smaller-format store in south Minneapolis tailored towards on-the-go shoppers.

Owners Supervalu confirmed the project on Wednesday, saying it's scheduled to open in spring 2019 at 46th Street and Hiawatha Avenue.

What's unique about this store compared to other Cubs is that it's not a standalone location – it'll instead be the anchor for a five-story, 148-unit apartment complex called The Capp.

And because of its location right next to a Blue Line light rail station and the Hiawatha bike trail, it can be a stopping-off point for those going to and from work, as well as serving the wider Longfellow neighborhood.

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At 46,000 square feet, the new store will be significantly smaller than your typical Cub, which is generally around 78,000 square feet in size.

As a result, Cub says the store will not just appeal to the "traditional shopper" but also focus on "enticing solutions for time-strapped customers."

This will include a large deli area with "Quick and Easy" and made-to-order meals, a farmer's market-style produce section and a "theater-feel popcorn shop."

Also expect to find cafe spaces, bicycle parking, an outdoor seating area and even a walk-up window that sells coffee, ice cream and cookie sandwiches year-round.

“This store brings a great new concept to the CUB portfolio as it will be our first store embedded into a residential complex,” said Anne Dament, executive VP of retail at Supervalu. "We’re evolving our look and feel while showcasing new shopping innovations for a better experience for our customers. We feel this new format Cub is a perfect fit for this neighborhood."

The move by Cub comes after Target announced it's going to remodel hundreds of stores, which will include putting more emphasis on grab 'n' go food options near entrances.

It's also planning to roll out more of its smaller-format stores like the ones currently in Dinkytown and Uptown.

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