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John Ewoldt

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Minneapolis, MN, United States

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Past articles by John:

As the Twin Cities supermarket battle heats up, who is No. 1?

With cash in hand due to the pandemic, the competition between companies heats up in the metro. → Read More

Minneapolis skyway retailers stuck in limbo: 'It's been absolute devastation'

The Minneapolis skyway system used to be traversed by hundreds of thousands of people every weekday. Since the pandemic and unrest that began after George Floyd's death, most of the 200 or so businesses on or just off the skyway have closed. For places that are open, business is down. → Read More

Minnesota company's product trick to scraping ice from your driveway

Ultimate Scrapers can work well without the environmental impact of ice melters. → Read More

Edina-based Evereve opening more brick-and-mortar stores

Evereve is expanding its Edina flagship store and will open at least six new locations this year. → Read More

Hy-Vee adding two full-service Twin Cities stores this year

The former Rainbow store owned by UNFI in Maplewood will become a Hy-Vee. → Read More

Norton Rockler, who ignited passion for woodworking hobbyists, dies at 98

He spent about 25 years laying the foundation for the business he founded in 1954, now known as Rockler Woodworking and Hardware. → Read More

As restaurants, bars closed, liquor stores neared sales records in 2020

With more drinking at home in 2020, liquor store sales boomed → Read More

Small retailers in Twin Cities worry holiday season might leave them behind

On Small Business Saturday, owners are gearing up for a critical fourth quarter. → Read More

Little sign of major shortages at Twin Cities grocery stores

Supermarkets around the country are implementing limits on paper products. → Read More

Red Wing Shoes suffers cybersecurity incident

The company hired a forensics firm and is still investigating. → Read More

Uptown restaurant Chino Latino closes after 20 years

Owners say the global street food restaurant "will live again" in new location. → Read More

Why do so many Twin Cities mall names end in 'dale'?

Southdale was designed to be more than a shopping experience, complete with a day care center, aviary, fish pond and sidewalk cafes. → Read More

Furniture retailer Room & Board has best August, September in history

The retailer has adjusted as the market has for its tenure, including this year, expanding its online operation. → Read More

With business down more than a third, restaurants dreading winter chill

Without outdoor dining, restaurants say they will need aid from Washington. → Read More

Supermarket hazard pay because of COVID-19 going away

Some retailers have raised wages permanently, while others deal with new norm of pandemic times. → Read More

Construction should start in spring on Costco store proposed for Chaska

The project, near the Kohls, would also include senior housing and apartments. → Read More

Seward Co-op becomes first Twin Cities unionized supermarket to raise hourly pay to $15

The coop and its union agreed to a three-year contract this week. → Read More

Most Twin Cities supermarket chains joining Walmart, Target in customer mask mandate

Hy-Vee said it is sticking for now with encouraging, but not requiring, masks for customers to help stem the spread of COVID-19. → Read More

Thrift, secondhand stores back in business — with restrictions because of coronavirus

But four Salvation Army stores closed permanently in greater Minnesota because of the COVID pandemic. → Read More

Costco eliminates coveted sheet cakes, citing pandemic, other Twin Cities retailers not following

Sam's Club, supermarkets, and local bakeries are still selling sheet cakes. → Read More