The good news? Downtown Saint Paul is finally Egetting an honest-to-pete grocery store:
Lunds is coming to downtown St. Paul. While grocery stores come and go in other parts of the city, downtown hasn’t had one in decades.
(Well, the “convenience store” at 7th and Wabasha is big enough to scrape the low end of “grocery store” – but I know, they’re talking about a real grocery store. I digress.)
The good news?
That’s why the Lunds announcement is such great news for the city and its 14,000 downtown residents and 65,000 workers. In addition to providing long-needed access to a supermarket, the store will help boost the tax base, attract new residents and contribute to community building.
Early this month, Lunds Food Holdings said it will build a 30,000-square-foot store as part of an $88 million mixed-use project called the Penfield.
The bad news?
The development, on 10th and Robert streets, will include a hotel and upscale apartments. Construction is scheduled to begin in the fall.
Waaaaaay over on the wrong side of downtown.
Ah, well. It’s where the condos are, I guess. And it’s good news for downtown, in any case.