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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

 

Which Twin Cities Shopping Center is this? And this? August 17, 2009

Shareology is taken with the ups and downs of life and the ups and downs of shopping centers.  Take the photo below for example.  Shareology once worked for five years for the company that created, owned and managed the shopping center below.  At the time it was a stimulating beginning exposure to a retailing innovator.  Now, below, owned by others, managed by others, not so much.  And sadly, this entity was on top of the mountain when it began a whole new category of shopping with its debut. 

Shopping Center One:

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In contrast, the picture of a shopping center below.   Shareology spent at least two semesters attending classes in this mall; the strongest experience was Retailing Management, in the midst of a shopping center that attracts global attention, and one in which foot traffic never ceases to amaze.  

Shopping Center Two:

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So Shareology readers, how’s your shopping center IQ?   Can you tell me which two shopping centers are pictured?  Click Leave a Reply and leave your answers below…..I’ll publish the winners in a week…..

Kay Roseland @KayLoire

 

 
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