After being forced to close in late May 2020 due to significant damage following civil unrest in Minneapolis, Stillwater, Minn.-based Cub on Feb. 10 reopened its Lake Street store at 2850 26th Ave. S. The reopening of the store also marks the closure of the Cub Community Market, which helped provide groceries to the neighborhood since early July 2020 while the Lake Street store was under construction.
“From the moment we had to close the Lake Street location, we knew we would not only rebuild, but rebuild with the intent on creating a store that was a better reflection of the neighborhood it serves,” Cub CEO Mike Stigers said in a release.
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The completely renovated store, which originally opened in 1989, features an expanded produce department featuring an increased assortment of organic items and a wider selection of fresh fruits and vegetables; a new meat and seafood department; and an expanded deli area, with more Quick & Easy Meals solutions such as sandwiches, salads and sushi, a wider selection of hot meal offerings, a new soup and salad bar, and a broader assortment of fresh meats and specialty cheeses.
“From the wider selection of fresh produce, meat and seafood to the innovative areas that push the envelope of what to expect from your neighborhood grocer, our new Lake Street store is one the community can be proud to shop every day,” Stigers said.
Other new features include a global foods market, featuring a large selection of Mediterranean, Caribbean, East African, and Hispanic pantry items and beverages; a freshly made tortillas station, where scratch-made tortillas are made in-house daily; a popcorn shop, with fresh popcorn available in a variety of sizes and flavors such as butter, cheese, kettle, caramel, chocolate drizzled and a cheese and caramel mix; and a custom cake decorating station.
“The reopening of the Lake Street store is made possible through the support of the Jerry’s Foods team, the franchise owner of the store, and we thank them for their continued dedication to the local community,” Stigers said.
The new Lake Street store also incorporates several amenities to better meet the needs of today’s shopper, including grocery pickup and delivery, an accessible pharmacy with pharmacy prescription delivery, and a dollar store department. The store is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
The recently decommissioned Cub Community Market was a 13,000-square-foot temporary structure built on the parking lot of the Lake Street store. Inside, customers found key items from all parts of the store, including fresh produce, meat, dairy and best-selling grocery items. By operating the Community Market while the Lake Street store was under construction, Cub was able to keep about 40 associates employed throughout the process.
“The local grocery store is the last to close and the first to open in times of emergency, and that’s exactly what we demonstrated to our customers with the Cub Community Market,” said Stigers. “I’m proud of the entire Cub team who rolled up their sleeves and found solutions to help meet the needs of our neighbors, family and friends while our Lake Street store was under construction."