Cub Foods said it would rebuild two Minneapolis franchise stores that were damaged during social-justice protests last month, and in the meantime, would open temporary community stores at both locations. The stores on Broadway Avenue and Lake Street are both owned by Jerry's Foods. Cub said the temporary community stores would ensure area residents still have access to food.
The 13,000-square-foot community stores will offer products from all departments, including fresh produce, meat, dairy and best-selling grocery items at the same prices as a traditional Cub store, as well offering the most popular over-the-counter medicines according to United Natural Foods Inc., the distributor that runs the Cub chain. The store at Lake Street is expected to open July 8 with the Broadway Avenue store opening later in the month.
For customers who want access to a full-size grocery store, Cub is also launching a dedicated bus service from the two community stores to alternative Cub stores in the area. The free bus service will run 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with pickups on the hour and drop-off/pickup from the full-size stores on the half hour. Each bus will have a set of social distancing practices in place, be limited to 20 riders per bus, and will not make stops between stores, Cub said.
Cub also is offering free grocery pickup for customers at the two community store locations. The temporary locations will offer delivery services for groceries.
“Cub is actively involved in our communities and it is our responsibility to roll up our sleeves and find solutions to help meet the needs of our neighbors, family and friends while our Broadway and Lake Street stores are under construction,” said Cub CEO Mike Stigers. “We know that even though these two stores are closed, life events, activities and special occasions continue to take place and the community needs its neighborhood grocer to be there providing access to essential food and grocery items. We’re proud to offer a variety of options for customers to shop with Cub.”
During the rebuilding process, the retailer said it would host community input sessions to allow local residents to share their ideas and suggestions for what they hope the new Cub stores will bring to the neighborhood.
“The work we’re doing to support these areas couldn’t be accomplished without the support of the entire Jerry’s Foods team, who are the franchise owners of the Cub Broadway and Lake Street stores. Their dedication to the local community is paramount in helping bring these community stores to life,” said Stigers. “As Minnesota’s hometown grocer, Cub has been an integral part of this state’s landscape for over 50 years and we are fully committed to these communities, reopening our stores, and being a part of these great neighborhoods once again.”
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