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October 20, 2003 // UPDATED 11:06 am - April 30, 2007
By: Skyway News Staff
Skyway News Staff

Downtown Target gets bigger grocery The Downtown Target, 900 Nicollet Mall, has expanded its grocery selection to accommodate residents and workers turning to the store for supplementary grocery needs.

The Downtown Target has added six new aisles of food, said Zeke Berg, the store's guest services manager. The expanded grocery section will have 1,800 additional frozen, refrigerated and dry grocery items. Yogurt, larger pints of salsa and more ice cream, among other things, will now be available, he said.

Downtown workers have increasingly turned to the store during lunchtime, Berg said. Many stock up on frozen lunches.

"It's really driving business," he said.

Grocery sales account for about 7 to 10 percent of the store's total sales, he said. Target expects that figure to go up to 15 percent after the expansion, he said. -- Sarah McKenzie

City Center may get new convenience store City Center is eyeing a potential new convenience store to replace one that closed last month.

City Convenience, which occupied a space near the Marriott Hotel entrance on South 7th Street, closed Sept. 30 after 10 years in business.

The store's lease had expired, said Betsy Buckley, a City Center spokeswoman.

The shopping center is in active discussions with another potential tenant for a new convenience store, she said. She would not say who the new tenant would be or when they will appear in the City Center.

"People will be able to get their aspirins and sundries soon though," she said.

This year, a large Snyder's drug and convenience store opened in Block E, which is across Hennepin Avenue from City Center. -- Sarah McKenzie