Eagan / Cub will anchor Diffley project

Cub Foods is bringing a cub-sized version of its popular food market to Eagan, not far from the location of one of its existing stores and a proposed Kowalski's Market. Full Story
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Eagan Rez

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Apr 2, 2008
Eagan doesn't need any more trashy grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, fast food places, or other big box stores. Some really great clothing stores would be nice or maybe even a Whole Foods or Trader Joe's. But more of the same old, same old? Or how about this truly innovative idea - leave those parcels undeveloped totally. What a concept! Green space!
Eagan Rez

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Apr 2, 2008
I'm in Eagan, not Burnsville. Otherwise why would I have signed it "Eagan Rez"? The Burnsville thing came up automatically. Trust me, I'm in Eagan.
An American

Plymouth, MN

#3 Apr 2, 2008
Eagan Rez. Trust me. Let in all the business that you can. Be thankful that you have businesses that want to build in your city.
The DFL are driving business out of St. Paul and turning it into a ghost town with their tax and spend mentality.
The property owners, including thousands on fixed income, are paying punitive tax rates as a result.
Will from Burnsville

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Apr 2, 2008
The Burnsville city council wanted a Kowalski's Market in their "failed" Heart of the city project.... BUT due to the concentration of low income housing within the immediate area Kowalski's felt it was not economically fesable.... so Cub became the anchor for that project. We NEED a high end grocery store in the Diffley area NOT another Cub!
Congestion

Milwaukee, WI

#5 Apr 2, 2008
What a traffic mess this could turn out to be.
Dark people

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Apr 2, 2008
I hope the lighting will not be to bright.
Dark people

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Apr 2, 2008
Eagan Rez wrote:
Eagan doesn't need any more trashy grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, fast food places, or other big box stores. Some really great clothing stores would be nice or maybe even a Whole Foods or Trader Joe's. But more of the same old, same old? Or how about this truly innovative idea - leave those parcels undeveloped totally. What a concept! Green space!
How about this idea Green spacer????

You buy the property, turn it into a green space, and pay the property taxes on it. All the neighbors will cheer for your efforts. Maybe with your new found wealth, you could buy out the folks that own Carnage Hills Golf Club also. More Green space.

The only limit is your budget and imagination.

Good luck.
Dark people

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Apr 2, 2008
Will from Burnsville wrote:
The Burnsville city council wanted a Kowalski's Market in their "failed" Heart of the city project.... BUT due to the concentration of low income housing within the immediate area Kowalski's felt it was not economically fesable.... so Cub became the anchor for that project. We NEED a high end grocery store in the Diffley area NOT another Cub!
The Byerlys, 3 miles from there to far to ride on your bike?
Mike

Minneapolis, MN

#10 Apr 2, 2008
I live near this intersection. Let the store come. We only have 3 grocery stores in Eagan now, God knows we need a couple more...Not
Brent

Saint Paul, MN

#11 Apr 2, 2008
I personally think that the Cedarvale Area will include a store like a Trader Joe's in adition to a Super Wal-Mart or Target and many other types of stores perhaps on the order of Maple Grove's Arbor Lakes area...

Eagan Rez:
Cub is trashy? Have you ever visited a Aldi store, now that is trashy.(I like Aldi, but it isn't high class at all)..
Good Luck

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Apr 2, 2008
Green space...Bahahaha. But a Cub foods "boutique" store? Thats even funnier. What is interesting is what they will put there after it fails. And what they will put in the old Kowalskis at Diffley and Johnny Cake after it fails. I love commerce, but I think we have enough grocery options in Eagan.(At least no one suggested a co-op!)
Dr Who

Saint Paul, MN

#13 Apr 2, 2008
Dark people wrote:
<quoted text>
How about this idea Green spacer????
You buy the property, turn it into a green space, and pay the property taxes on it. All the neighbors will cheer for your efforts. Maybe with your new found wealth, you could buy out the folks that own Carnage Hills Golf Club also. More Green space.
The only limit is your budget and imagination.
Good luck.
Either you are hiding behind a false pseudonym or you are suffering from PSA syndrome...... if the latter please seek immediate psycotherapy.... I wish the best for you.
Another Eagan Resident

Wichita, KS

#14 Apr 3, 2008
Good Luck wrote:
Green space...Bahahaha. But a Cub foods "boutique" store? Thats even funnier. What is interesting is what they will put there after it fails. And what they will put in the old Kowalskis at Diffley and Johnny Cake after it fails. I love commerce, but I think we have enough grocery options in Eagan.(At least no one suggested a co-op!)
Personally, I don't think we have enough grocery options in Eagan. There is nothing within 5 miles of my house and the Lexington/Diffley intersection is only 1.5 miles. I'm very excited about being able to easily bike or walk to the grocery store.

As far as green space, the location is not big and it certainly is nothing more than isolated scrub land with roads on one side and a housing development on the other. Also, think of the miles / gasoline saved by having a grocery store closer to people's houses.
bee

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Apr 3, 2008
Yeah, green space. What a concept, right? Oh, Eagan...can't wrap your mind around that one huh? Oh, too difficult I guess.
Congrestion

Milwaukee, WI

#16 Apr 3, 2008
"Personally, I don't think we have enough grocery options in Eagan. There is nothing within 5 miles of my house and the Lexington/Diffley intersection is only 1.5 miles. I'm very excited about being able to easily bike or walk to the grocery store"

Just be prepared for a possible traffic mess. This won't be like trying to get to Rainbow or the existing Cub in Eagan.
Congestion

Milwaukee, WI

#17 Apr 3, 2008
"Personally, I don't think we have enough grocery options in Eagan. There is nothing within 5 miles of my house and the Lexington/Diffley intersection is only 1.5 miles. I'm very excited about being able to easily bike or walk to the grocery store"
Just be prepared for a possible traffic mess. This won't be like trying to get to Rainbow or the existing Cub in Eagan.
foodie

Green Isle, MN

#18 Apr 15, 2008
Interesting and diverse opinons here...I also live near the proposed new stores. Looking forward to another upscale option that doesn't require me to drive through the maze at "Town Center". Kowalski's is at least as good as Byerly's but different. There are plenty of no frills options already. It will be nice to shop in the neighborhood and have high quality and specialty offerings to choose from. As to another Cub, we already have one of them in Eagan and I don't see the need for another from the same company!

Look around in Eagan/Apple Valley - green space and wonderful park land abounds. I know because I use it! The parcels under proposed development are not exactly adding to the quality of life (or the tax base)as they are now.
Nearby resident

Denver, CO

#19 Apr 22, 2008
I haven't shopped a Kowalski's before, but I think it will be a nice option for those of us who live in that area. I like our Rainbow, Cub and Byerly's but think that one medium store isn't bad. Plus the Walgreen's next to it for the low cost items (better than WalMart).
Nearby resident

Denver, CO

#20 Apr 22, 2008
Wilmington, Delaware???? No, I live in Eagan.
Work server must go through there.
Happy for Lex-Difffley

Minneapolis, MN

#21 Jun 14, 2008
A city the size of Eagan doesn't need more than three grocery stores? Are you kidding? All suburbs of this size should have a dozen or more smaller grocery stores like I grew up with closer to the city. I plan to walk to the new Cub with my new baby and grocery shop twice a week to get fresh produce and never have to get in a car - even in the winter. This idea of building mega big grocery stores full of highly processed products and ugly storage shelves is unappealing on every level. Food should be fresh and available within a few blocks of every home to give everyone a sense of pride in their neighborhood. Cub better deliver on this promise and be willing to listen to specific requests for neighbors and not treat it cookie-cutter with a new smaller scale design. The Kowalski's nearby will create great competition and prevent price gouging. Now if we can only get a Punch Pizzeria and a Jamba Juice along with the assumed coffee shop in that strip mall, we'll have a full-fledged neighborhood here on this fantastic corner of parks, schools, churches, bikeways, one gas station (not three!), a small gym facility, a barber shop, a video store, diverse home sizes and prices (entry-level townhomes mixed with 800K homes and new townhomes) etc. All neighborhoods should wish to be as lucky as we are for a high-end newer suburb to have all of this walking distance. Those protesting this development make me sad because it's such an environmentally backwards view of what every neighborhood should have. The idea that we need more greenspace on that corner when we've got the Caponi Art Park and Lex-Diff athletic fields and are just a couple miles from the Lebanon Hills. As for the comment about biking 3.5 miles to Byerlies, come on... realistically, who's going to bike 3.5 miles and then carry groceries home? And what about winter?

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