Located near the Churchill Apartments, 111 Marquette Ave., the Tom Thumb was one of the few spots residents and workers could grab a few groceries in Downtown's central business core.
Company officials at Tom Thumb's corporate office in Hastings did not return phone calls before this issue of Skyway News went to press.
Downtown grocers Brad and Brian Hansen of City Market, 1240 Hennepin Ave. S., offered to buy the space a couple of weeks ago, Brad Hansen said, but store management hadn't gotten back to the grocers.
Hansen indicated that Tom Thumb management wanted to hold onto the Downtown location, but would potentially entertain offers.
City Market, in the Loring Park neighborhood, is in a holding pattern, awaiting the outcome of lease-related litigation in Hennepin County District Court. City Market and its landlord, Laurel Village, are due in court March 15. If Laurel Village prevails, City Market may have to close immediately.
Downtown residents have long lamented the lack of grocery stores nearby and the Tom Thumb's temporary closing and City Market's future only add to those woes.
Downtown has about 20 convenience stores, which provide residents and workers with their smaller grocery needs. Downtown's Target store, 900 Nicollet Mall, recently expanded its grocery section to accommodate increased demand from residents and workers.
-- Sarah McKenzie