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A new shopping center opening? In 2009???? September 4, 2009

New shopping center?   Opening?   In 2009?   Are they mad?   The Shops at West End in St. Louis Park, Minnesota may be, but they are opening in October or November, 2009.  This new lifestyle center features an open central arcade with an arched roof to protect from rain.  (Rain?  This is Minnesota — snow happens….)  Tenants to open soon include Anthropologie, Creative Kidstuff, Uber Baby, Crave, Cooper and Tobey Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill.  

Let’s take a pictorial tour, and explore the new upscale Rainbow grocery store. 

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Not quite open yet, but soon, very soon...........

Not quite open yet, but soon, very soon...........

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Protected against rain in Minnesota -- gee, should we have thought of anything else?

Protected against rain in Minnesota -- gee, should we have thought of anything else?

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Ah, the freshness of a brand new store front in early fall......

Ah, the freshness of a brand new store front in early fall......

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Shareology loves Oscar; apparently Rainbow does too! 

The frozen section is also in a little nook all its own......

The frozen section is also in a little nook all its own......

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And now we bid adieu…………………. 

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Rainbow is aiming for an upscale market, with enhanced produce, prepared foods and a salad bar.  For a 55,000 square foot store, it feels surprisingly cozy.  In fact, two sections, produce and frozen, seem their own little worlds:  no hint here of the endless warehouse ceilings normally found.   Another first for frequent Rainbow shoppers:  quotations on the walls from the likes of James Beard and Oscar Wilde.  So Rainbow is open and soon more retail will follow.  

Kay Roseland  @KayLoire

 

 
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