House of Hanson to close after 80 years in business

Long-running and uber-convenient, Dinkytown grocery store House of Hanson will close its doors on July 31 after 80 years in business, reports the Twin Cities Daily Planet. The building was sold by owner Laurel Hanson Bauer to a company called Opus Development, which plans to build a large mixed use complex on the site.

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The building project will also affect Duffy's Pizza and a number of other Dinkytown businesses. Many small business owners and area residents vehemently opposed development plans and put together a 3,000-signature petition against the rezoning that will make the building possible. Those signatures were presented yesterday to zoning and planning committee.

For now Duffy's remains open, but Hanson Bauer says the sale is a done deal. If the redevelopment plans for the six-story complex move forward, Opus plans to build 140 apartments and some sort of commercial space over blocks of Fifth Street SE and 14th Avenue SE.

The House of Hanson first opened in 1932 and was owned and run by Bauer's grandfather Henry Oscar Hanson. Originally the store was at the front of the building on 14th Avenue, and the Hanson family home was behind it. For decades the grocery store had an ice cream parlor and full-service soda fountain inside of it.

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