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Whole Foods Supposedly Coming To Edina

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heard through the grapevine that it will probably be in the retail complex just south of the Macys Home Store on France Ave. Could be the death knell for Byerlys, whose business has been hammered by the Super Target

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Byerly's
1601 County Road C W, Saint Paul, MN 55113

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  1. This was announced a while back. For more info, see this article:
    http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities...

    1. If Byerly's business suffer for this it's their own fault....they aren't nearly as good as they used to be. Their bakery is not much better than a Cub or Rainbow....the same crappy lard and sugar frosting on everything. And the deli is mediocre at best. I'm looking forward to more shopping/lunch options in the area. I can't wait to check out the Whole Foods.

      1. I agree that Byerlys has some catching up to do. I live in the area and would rather have a Whole Foods available for those "splurges" than Byerlys.

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        Byerly's
        1601 County Road C W, Saint Paul, MN 55113

        1. you say that like it's a *good* thing...

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          1. re: isfahani

            whole foods is damm expensive however. as for byerlys, their flagship store in saint louis park is still impressive

            1. re: MarkG

              Lund's / Byerly's is more expensive. Last year I was in Whole Foods on Grand Ave and looked at a small box of wild mushrooms. They were $8 or $10. Later that same evening I was in Lund's on Ford Parkway, and the same box of mushrooms was $19. There was also a cheese on offer for a mere $100 / lb.

              Luckily I live in a nexus of grocery stores where Cub, Rainbow, Kowalski's, Whole Foods, Wal*Mart and Super Target are all within 1 mile of me.

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              Byerly's
              1601 County Road C W, Saint Paul, MN 55113

              1. re: semanticantics

                you cant make conclusions about price based on such a small sampling.

                1. re: MarkG

                  Thanks. I walked around the whole store. For what I buy, Lund's is much higher priced than Whole Foods, I just used two examples.

          2. check out this article, Lunds/Byerlys is considering tearing down the France ave Byerlys and rebuilding.

            http://www.startribune.com/business/1...

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            Byerly's
            3777 Park Center Blvd A, St Louis Park, MN

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            1. re: breiter19

              From the Strib article linked above: "We do think the Twin Cities is underserved when it comes to customers looking for natural and organic high-quality products," said Whole Foods spokeswoman Kate Klotz.

              Has Ms. Klotz ever been here? The Twin Cities have a dozen food co-ops as well as numerous grocery stores (both upscale and boxes) with significant offerings of natural and organic products. Maybe she meant there aren't enough Whole Pa^h^hFoods stores for the company's liking. But ... well ... wow.

              1. re: steve_in_stpaul

                agree with this post. from what i understand WFM originally came into the msp market unprepared for the run that the local upscale grocery chains, lunds/byerly's and kowalski's, would give them, let alone the strong co-op presence locally. in recent years rainbow stores have revamped considerably, to the point where i'd consider them competitors for a slice of this market, heck even cub stores are better than average grocers elsewhere in the country. in the burbs, there are the lakewinds etc co-ops, and the fresh and natural chain as well, which certainly goes after the same customer base, and supertargets can pull in lots of folks with the convenience factor. heck i feel like i'm the only one i know sometimes who doesn't have at least one csa. . . so i'm inclined to think that WFM is thinking only in terms of national brands in the msp market, and doesn't know the average local customers' buying habits.

                i don't know the edina grocery scene, it's probably been 10 years since i've been in that byerly's. . . and it probably coulda used a revamp 10 years ago :) if this will make the area's food shopping better, great. just don't understand or appreciate this statement by the WFM spokesperson, either.

                1. re: steve_in_stpaul

                  agree! the coops here are AMAZING.. and, i'd guess better quality as it may be more local ?!
                  i actually like byerlys.. but i guess i like the richfield lunds better. they're local, and that's nice. whole foods is fun.. and however happy i am that featherstone farms (our csa) is a big provider to whole foods through the whole midwest USA, it still makes me sad when i see their squash there..
                  i'll probably go to that whole foods because it is convenient and they have a nice organic store brand for staple itesm, but so does lunds/byerlys. i think whole foods 365 brand is less expensive.. this is tough!

                  1. re: steve_in_stpaul

                    "We do think the Twin Cities is underserved when it comes to customers looking for natural and organic high-quality products,"

                    Laughable really. I agree with the others that we're probably one of the best, if not the best-served market in the US for organic high-quality products...from our beloved co-ops. I'm certain CA has us beat on volume...but I bet they crush MN in WalMart grocery shopping.

                    Perhaps they meant organic products that have been trucked over 500 miles to get here. We have those too, but not in the abundance Whole Foods sells them.

                    What a joke.

                    1. re: Foureyes137

                      We have more co-ops per capita than any other region of the country. Yet I agree the market is not saturated. I would not call it under served in any sense of the word. There's a surprisingly advanced local foods consciousness here that exceeds most areas of the country other than the Bay Area. Whole Foods prints a lot of local food signs, but their meats are not from here, and they do not go with the seasonal flow to the extent that the cooperatives do. Their private label stuff is surprisingly uninspired considering the higher ideals expressed in other areas of the store. WF is a Texas based success story. I think they could probably do well in Edina where their reputation for inflated prices would have less impact and the demand for convenience and health would be well accepted.

                      Whole Foods in the Northern California has close to 20 stores. They are increasingly dominant in the ready to eat/ready to reheat foods category and compete significantly for restaurant market share. Their most modern stores - feature restaurant hot lines and counter service. These foods may be better than frozen or fast food options, but in my experience they do not have as much finesse as good restaurant food ("good restaurant food" is a debatable term).

                      I hear Tim McKee is taking over Whole Foods culinary operations. Just kidding.

                    2. re: breiter19

                      a worker at the edina Byerlys told me they will build the new store muh closer to France Ave and will keep the old store in operation until the new one is ready.

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                      Byerly's
                      3777 Park Center Blvd A, St Louis Park, MN

                      1. re: MarkG

                        It's already on France Ave....are they going to get rid of the parking lot?

                        1. re: Bobannon

                          i assume the parking lot will be laid out differently.

                      2. re: breiter19

                        Any news about the Byerlys in Edina being remodeled? Because of this thread I went to the Byerlys in St. Louis Park and it is MUCH better. At least for cheese and some higher quality dry foods. It would be an improvement if they made the Edina store as nice as the St. Louis Park one. Usually when I go to the Edina Byerlys, I walk out asking myself why I bothered.

                        Edit - found a recent article, still in the planning stage :

                        http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities...