Now open: The Twin Cities shopping center filled with upstart retailers

You won't find many household names at the new Central Park Commons shopping center, though they might become them in the future.
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You won't find many household names at the new Central Park Commons shopping center, though they might become them in the future.

The new retailer in Eagan held its grand opening on Thursday and shoppers can expect a different experience than at the numerous other malls and retail parks in the metro area.

That's because rather than being filled with staples like Target, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Kohl's and JCPenney, it is instead home to newer entries to the Minnesota retail market.

Chief among these is Hy-Vee, which is making a big play for a slice of the grocery market in the Twin Cities, having undertaken an aggressive strategy that will see it open four to five new stores a year in the near future, according to the Star Tribune.

Other tenants at Central Park Commons, according to the Eagan city website, are also those in their infancy in Minnesota, including liquor chain Total Wine, sports discount store Sierra Trading Post, craft store Hobby Lobby and furnishing store HomeGoods.

According to the Business Journal, the shopping center has shunned the typical fast food joints in favor of "hot new concepts" including the Naf Naf Grill, Cafe Zupas, Piada Italian Street Food, R Taco, as well as the Twin Cities institution, Punch Pizza.

The reason for the center being populated by less established names was as a result of a request by the city, who according to developer John Johannson, of CSM, didn't want the project to "be a dilution of the retail activity in Eagan," the Business Journal reports.

"As of today, we have only two tenants (of 37) that are not new to either Eagan or the Twin Cities," he added.

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