lunds & byerlys
A grand opening ceremony will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, September 29, for the new 51,000-square-foot Lunds & Byerlys on Ford Parkway and Cretin Avenue. One of the store’s new features will be the Mezz, a taproom offering craft beers, seltzers and wines.

When the new Lunds & Byerlys store opens on September 29 at the southeast corner of Ford Parkway and Cretin Avenue in the Highland Bridge development, it will include a bar on the mezzanine level called the Mezz. The Saint Paul City Council on September 21 unanimously approved the expansion of Highland Village’s commercial development district to allow for an on-sale liquor license at the store.

No one appeared at a public hearing before the City Council on September 14 to speak for or against the expansion. The hearing was held at the Highland Park Community Center, since public hearings on commercial development districts must be held in the same ward.

The Mezz will have 30 self-serve taps dispensing local craft beers, seltzers and wines. It will have seating indoors and outdoors on the roof, along with sandwiches and snacks available at the counter.

Prior to September 21, Highland Village’s commercial development district included only the Chipotle restaurant at 2078 Ford Pkwy. The districts are used to grant on-sale liquor licenses in wards where none are available under the city’s cap.

In addition to the Lunds & Byerlys, the district’s expansion includes the Highland Bank building at 2100 Ford Pkwy., the two Highland Village Center buildings at 2110 and 2128 Ford Pkwy., and the entire Highland Bridge development. The district, as large as it is, has only two on-sale liquor licenses available, Chipotle’s and Lunds & Byerlys.

A grand opening for the new Lunds & Byerlys will take place at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, September 29, featuring remarks by company CEO Tres Lund, Mayor Melvin Carter, store general manager Doug Loe and Ryan Companies vice president of real estate development Maureen Michalski.  The store will officially open at 3 p.m.

A grand opening for the new Lunds & Byerlys will take place at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, September 29, featuring remarks by company CEO Tres Lund, Mayor Melvin Carter, store general manager Doug Loe  and Ryan Companies vice president of real estate development Maureen Michalski.  The store will officially open at 3 p.m.

 

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Lunds & Byerlys is moving from its longtime home in the nearby Highland Village Center to a new 51,000-square-foot store on the ground floor of a five-story apartment building. The new store at 2170 Ford Pkwy. is 20 percent larger than the old one and will employ the existing staff. The current store will remain open until the grand opening of the new one.

Along with the Mezz taproom, special features at the new store include:

  • Build-your-own taco, Mediterranean and wok bars, along with a hot food bar, soup and salad bar, and fresh-rolled sushi. There will also be space for local restaurateurs to prepare in-store and take-home offerings, a large selection of grab-and-go meals, and indoor and outdoor seating.
  • An in-store FoodE Expert who can answer food-related questions, create menu ideas, and offer mealtime tips and recipes.
  • A full-service Caribou Coffee and Bachman’s Floral.
  • Two levels of covered, dedicated parking for staff and customers.
  • Grocery delivery and curbside pickup via Shop.LundsandByerlys.com.

“It’s been with a tremendous amount of pride that we’ve served the Highland Park community for nearly 40 years,” Tres Lund said in a press release. “We’re excited to open a new, larger store steps away to meet the needs of this growing community.”

The store will be open from 6 a.m.-10 p.m. seven days a week. For information, details, visit LundsandByerlys.com/HighlandBridge.

— Jane McClure

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