Retail Trade

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2014

    Roundy's Inc. sells all Twin Cities Rainbow locations to Supervalu, Lunds

    Roundy's Inc. is leaving the Twin Cities, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal reported on Wednesday. The majority of its stores have been sold to Supervalu Inc. and Lund Food Holdings Inc., in addition to three other independent companies. Ten of the 18 Rainbow stores that were sold will be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    Hymie's announces 2014 Record Store Day Block Party lineup

    Record Store Day in the Twin Cities has become a bigger deal with each passing year. Music fans in the area have not only come to depend on the thrill of tracking down the numerous exclusive releases that are featured on RSD, but also the unique events that most independent record stores plan for th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    Supervalu laying off more than one-third of the 1,500 employees at Eden Prairie headquarters

    Just a week after selling off four grocery store chains, Supervalu announced it will be eliminating 1,100 corporate jobs nationwide, including 600 in Minnesota.SEE ALSO: Minnesota gained more jobs in last six months than any half-year since Reagan's heydayAccording to Fox 9's Paul Blume, 575 of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    Solid Gold, Haley Bonar, Greg Grease among Minnesota musicians featured on free Record Store Day LP

    After Noiseland Industries' American Buffalo LP's became instant collectors' items following Record Store Day 2012, the Minneapolis boutique vinyl and CD manufacturer is once again set to deliver yet another reason to head out to your local record store on April 20. Noiseland will be distributing vi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    Sunday liquor sales bill introduced in Senate

    It's baaaack! Less than a year after the last attempt to legalize Sunday liquor sales was killed in the House, the bill has been resurrected from the dead in the Senate.SEE ALSO: Study: Sunday liquor sales would boost state revenueAuthored by Senator Roger Reinert, D-Duluth, and Senator Jeremy Mille ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    Hüsker Dü to rerelease debut single for Record Store Day

    Not to be outdone by all of the noise that their Twin Cities brethren the Replacements have made as of late, Hüsker Dü just announced plans to release some early songs the band recorded at the Old Blackberry Way studio back in 1980 for this year's Record Store Day on April 20th. The four songs we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    Electric Fetus' Bob Fuchs on record retail evolution and this year's garage sale

    See Also:Electric Fetus Garage Sale and Fall Festival 2012 lineupIt's been a long and eccentric ride for the Electric Fetus. The Minneapolis record store opened in 1968 and has been at the current location overlooking I-35W since 1972. There have been many obstacles, including recent threats from th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2012

    Record Store Day 2012 across Minneapolis

    Related:Record Store Day 2012: Keep independent Twin Cities shops openDo Twin Cities record stores need Record Store Day?Slideshow: Record Store Day 2012Record Store Day 2012 was the biggest yet, as hosts of Twin Cities record stores gathered their enthusiasm and planned parties. Gimme Noise went in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Do Twin Cities record stores need Record Store Day?

    Related:2012 Record Store Day events roundupA celebration of independent Twin City record storesWith Record Store Day upon us once more, it's a little hard to believe that this is only the event's fifth installment. The annual celebration of brick and mortar music retailers has turned into such an e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    Record Store Day 2012: Twin Cities in-store events roundup

    In addition to the stellar, limited-edition vinyl that is released exclusively for Record Store Day, record shops throughout the Twin Cities and beyond have plenty of exciting in-store music events and specials planned to add to Saturday's RSD festivities. Here's just a sampling of the outstandin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Record Store Day 2012: Keep independent Twin Cities shops open

    With the musical madness of Record Store Day about to sweep over the Twin Cities and the rest of the country once again on Saturday, it seems like an opportune time to celebrate the many outstanding options within both Minneapolis and St. Paul to shop for our music. As Record Store Day thankfully ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    "Pink slime" no longer sold at Eden Prairie-based Supervalu family of stores

    ​Like Jamie Oliver, the Anoka-Hennepin county school district, and any character in The Real Ghostbusters, we've been following the trail of slime, specifically "pink slime," or ammonia-exposed beef filler that federal authorities still attest meets food safety standards, which has been making its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    Hymie's Vintage announces 14-act Record Store Day lineup

    ​As the anticipation and excitement for the upcoming Record Store Day on April 21 continues to grow, entertaining plans for the big day from local record shops are beginning to be announced. First out of the gate is Hymie's Vintage Records, who have a full-day of great music and merriment plan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    Trampled by Turtles, Polica on free Record Store Day LP

    ​In recent years, it has become increasingly obvious that Minnesotans love Record Store Day. The turnout to local independent record shops has been massive throughout the state, especially in the Twin Cites, where music fans line up early for the chance to score some of the exclusive albums ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Minnesota Republicans float strange ideas about online sales tax collection

    ​Currently, very few Minnesotans pay sales taxes for online purchases. But Minnesotans do pay sales taxes for purchases they make at physical retail locations. Hence, physical retail locations face a more onerous tax burden than online retailers like Amazon.State lawmakers on both sides of the ais ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Supervalu cutting 800 jobs, 200 in Minnesota

    ​Supervalu announced plans today to cut 800 employee positions across the country, including 200 in Minnesota. The company, based in Eden Prairie, has been struggling for the past couple of years: In 2010 and 2011, the company cut 650 employee positions either through layoffs or by leaving open p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    Supervalu focusing on record number of food stamp recipients

    Food stamps account for 40 percent of sales at Supervalu's Save-A-Lot stores.​Eden Prairie-based Supervalu is one of a handful of grocery chains changing the way it operates to accommodate the record number of food stamp recipients. From opening supermarkets at midnight, when government benefits a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Craig Finn solo album out early 2012, with 7" single coming in November

    Photo by Stacy Schwartz​We already knew Craig Finn was laying down some solo tracks, and now we've learned more about when we'll be able to hear some of them: Finn will debut his first solo single, "Honolulu Blues," on November 25, and the only way to get your paws on a physical copy is to head to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Supervalu responds to protest at shareholders meeting

    CTUL.Supervalu says the protesters have unfairly targeted Cub Foods.​Tuesday morning, a group of workers protested outside a shareholders meeting for Supervalu, the parent company of Cub Foods. It was the latest in what has become a long series of similar demonstrations, some held at Cub Food ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    Should Sunday liquor sales be allowed?

    Currently, you can order this beverage in a bar on Sundays, but not buy it in a store.​A bill to allow Sunday liquor sales, SF 197, is being introduced in the Senate today by Sens. Scott Dibble, Linda Scheid, and Roger Reinert of the DFL and Republican Sen. John Howe. How would you like your ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    Electric Fetus makes list of top record stores in SPIN

    ​Just in time for Record Store Day tomorrow, the Electric Fetus was listed as one of the top 15 independent record stores in the country by SPIN Magazine. The magazine even tapped former City Pages staffer and current contributor Peter Scholtes for a quote about the beloved local establishment: "I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2010

    Record Store Day returns!

    ​The third annual Record Store Day is quickly approaching! The yearly celebration of our vast nation's stalwart independents arrives this Saturday, bringing to early-rising hands ultra-limited releases from John Lennon to Joy Division, in-store performances everywhere, free food, and a lamentably ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2010

    Target removes farmed salmon from shelves

    Target's pulling farmed salmon from its shelves and replacing it with healthier, more sustainable wild-caught Alaskan salmon.

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2010

    Target teams up with Food Network's Giada De Laurentiis

    If you're in the market for a butter warmer, Target and Giada De Laurentiis want to talk.

  • Calendar

    November 25, 2009
  • Blogs

    September 8, 2009

    MOA Abercrombie & Fitch discriminated against autistic teen, judge says

    Abercrombie & Fitch seems to have some serious issues understanding and accommodating people with disabilities. Just one of the retailer's many many downfalls in life.

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2009

    Target, Dairy Queen say, "What recession?"

    Minneapolis companies embark on store-opening binges

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2009

    A must-read editorial by Erik Paulsen on auto dealership closures

    The Republican Congressman asks why we're allowing government-owned companies to close successful businesses in our communities.

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2009

    GM to close 36 Minnesota dealerships

    It's Bad News week. GM just announced it plans to close 36 car dealerships in Minnesota.

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2009

    Target looks to food to improve its profit margin

    Target is struggling to keep up with its monster competitor Wal-Mart.

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2009
  • Blogs

    October 2, 2008

    Best Buy's purchase of Napster OK'd by FTC

    The FTC granted early termination of the required waiting period for the $121 million deal.

  • News

    July 16, 2008

    Brazil: The future of biofuel in Minnesota?

    Ethanol may be king in these energy-strapped times

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2008

    The Little Bookstore That Could

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    The Amazon Book Co-op saddened many supporters of independent businesses and fans of good reads when it announced it would be closing. Now a buyer has come for ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 5, 2007
  • News

    March 7, 2007

    You Are Where You Eat

    What your choice of grocery stores says about who you are

  • News

    November 8, 2006

    Mass Consumption

    A once-local author talks about the perils of big-box retailers

  • Columns

    May 10, 2006


    A coalition of independent record stores hangs on for dear life

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2006

    Department of small comforts: Everybody lies

    The Associated Press is reporting that David Edmondson, the CEO of RadioShack Corp., is stepping down for lying on his resume. Coincidentally, a press release came over the transom today proving that Edmondson is hardly alone.

  • News

    March 17, 2004

    Wal-Mart Wants Your Job

    As the Retailing Behemoth Prepares to Open Its First Store in the Twin Cities Metro, Neighborhoods and Workers Brace Themselves for the Wal-Mart Treatment: Low Wages, Union Busting, and a Big, Friendly Smile

  • Books

    June 5, 2002

    The Company Store

    Retail ethnographers hunt the wily and elusive two-fisted, tight-walleted shopper

  • Books

    April 3, 2002


    Shopping for a sense of community in suburbia

  • News

    February 6, 2002

    The Grape Debate

    It's enough to drive you to drink

  • Books

    August 29, 2001

    Strip Search

    Big Brother is watching: Can he tell whether you prefer good gin or cheap beer?

  • Arts

    September 27, 2000

    Fear of Music

    Can a local CD store with no CDs save record companies from free music?

  • Books

    May 17, 2000

    The Virtual Realtor

    Now for sale online: Hotels, steak houses, and cemetery plots

  • Books

    September 1, 1999

    The Names

    In the author-signed-book trade, literature meets the ledger

  • News

    June 2, 1999

    Stay Hungry

    Surviving the book wars and outfoxing the wolves with the Hungry Mind's David Unowsky

  • Books

    December 2, 1998

    The Secret Life of Beanies

    Of tie-dyed bats, rabbi bears, and the elusive "7th generation" tag

  • News

    October 16, 1996
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