Construction at CityWalk in Woodbury: Readers React

Patch has received plenty of questions about the work at Hudson Road and Woodbury Drive.

A new Mattress Firm store is being built at CityWalk in Woodbury.

Crews last week who were working at the site—at the southwest corner of Hudson Road and Woodbury Drive—said the structure would be completed by Oct. 31. Here’s a previous city memo on the plans.

A worker at the existing Mattress Firm store didn’t know about the construction and directed Patch to the company’s corporate headquarters in Texas. A phone call seeking comment was not returned.

Several people, via the Woodbury Patch Facebook page, have asked about the work. A recent post about Mattress Firm prompted this discussion:

Greg: What is being built at City Walk?

Patch: People keep asking about this. I'll copy and paste my recent response. I'll post something on the site over the weekend with what I've got.

Patch: A Mattress Firm. I actually talked to the crew. They should be done by Oct. 31. I called the existing store, and the guy I talked to had no idea what was going on—even that it was happening at all. I left a message at their corporate office but haven't heard back.

Aaron: Hard-working Patch right there.

Dave: Seems like an odd location for a bed store.

Michelle: Yuck, what a blah store to have here... blocks all the other businesses behind it; was hoping it was a .

Doreen: Seriously does Woodbury NEED another mattress store? Why do we have 2-3 of the same in this city?

Denise: Shoot... We thought it was going to be . Weird spot for mattresses...

Lisa: I’m hoping for a McDonald's too, but we want a playland please. There isn't room for one there.

Eric: I didn't think that there was room for playland at the new hipster-ized McDonald's. McDonald's had the whole unhealthy, kitschy thing down pat, now they're that grim, serious guy who pretends to not like anything popular.

Jessica: Def need a play area somewhere... I'd love a Culver’s.

Amy: I second the Culver’s idea.

Doreen: Years ago Culver’s wanted to open on Norma Lane and was turned away. I would like a Culvers — actually would like a decent bakery.

Matthew: Bakery? does not do it for you?

Dave: Patchman — what happened to the McDonald’s plan in front of the SuperTarget?

Vicky: Mattress firm? In CityWalk?? Come on! Just about anything would be better than that.

Patch: I think the plans for Mickey D's over at Commerce Hill (by SuperTarget) are still in play.

Patch: I did a story awhile back on all the furniture stores along Hudson Road:

Eileen: Dunkin' Donuts would have been perfect.

JoAnne: Curious if the owners of the business's in CityWalk knew of this plan to have a brick building blocking their exposure to Co Rd 19? I can't believe with all the vacant storefront in Woodbury they had to build a new building for a mattress store!

June: I have a mattress already so I won't be giving them my business. Why don't these places consult me before going out of their way to build something I don't need????

Patch: Ha!

Robert: Politics aside, I am still hopeful for a Chick-fil-A.


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Patti Matz August 13, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Yes! Chick Fil-A would be sooooo perfect!
Kris Janisch August 13, 2012 at 10:06 PM
I should have just made this a "What Should Go Here?"
Susan Monty August 13, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Why can't we get a White Castle here? Dunkin' Donuts would be my next choice. How many mattress places can we support here anyway? I am surprised it's not another Walgreen's or CVS. Nothing against Walgreen's and CVS but where there is one, or two, according to the pattern here, we are bound to have more.
Kris Janisch August 13, 2012 at 11:22 PM
I could see both of those crushing here Susan. (I could use a jalapeno cheeseburger right now.) And don't we already have two Walgreeneses in town?
Doreen Schoendaller Feist August 14, 2012 at 04:24 AM
Not me in this Story but I do agree with the Doreen listed. Woodbury does not need a mattress store. What ever happened to letting Costco come??
Kris Janisch August 14, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Doreen, I know that a Costco was part of the plan for the redevelopment of the old State Farm building, but I haven't heard anything since that deal feel through: http://patch.com/A-gKNL
John R Chisholm August 15, 2012 at 01:14 AM
I've wanted a White Castle in Woodbury for years!! I think it would do great. The new buildings they are building look very nice. Stillwater got one, why can't Woodbury??
D Paul August 15, 2012 at 01:18 AM
We could use a place that serves ice cream or frozen yogurt...oh wait.
Eric Berg August 15, 2012 at 10:59 AM
I may be the only person who says this...but I love that memo from the city. Succinct...to the point, stands up for good quality design. Good design and maintenance will help retain value. I'm sure that's a pretty boilerplate memo, though. I've said it before (and since I'm in love with the sound of my own voice, I'll say it again...and again...and again.)...my thought is that if you're building out at CityWalk, you're thinking long term. You're depending on the I-94 traffic and the those from western Woodbury for now, but you're thinking about when Woodbury Drive will be a large arterial from 61 through 94, and up near the future growth of Lake Elmo. In that corridor, you're going to be seeing (conservatively) 50-60,000 people in the next twenty years. For many of those people, it's going to be just as easy to go to City Walk as it is Point Douglas Drive in CG, or Radio Drive here in the `bury. To the pioneers go the arrows...but also squatting rights.
Kris Janisch August 15, 2012 at 01:16 PM
@D Paul, not bad. And @Berg, I think people were just hoping for something a bit more exciting. Like White Castle.
Eric Berg August 15, 2012 at 01:36 PM
KJ--I think you'll see more of that as the eastern part of Woodbuy fills a bit more...maybe not at CityWalk, but there's also a whole slew of outlots at Commerce Hill (as evidenced by the large, empty retention basins.). It might not be White Castle right away, but it or something similar is going to come. Patience, lad...patience. :) LOL. There's a few rather underutilized sections of commercial land...you've also got a decent sized patch near the corner of Lake and Settler's Ridge, the new development near Bielenberg/East Ridge (which I think may be hovering between "Beach Boy" project and paper project unless the economics are sound), the land off of the Tamarack exchange, and a few outlots near Kohls/Rainbow. If I were the corporate folks at White Castle (since they don't franchise), I'd be looking traffic counts, visibility, growth axes, zoning, land costs...among other things. First choice: Rainbow/Kohls freeway outlots--high visibility, close to other retail. Second choice: Commerce Hill--growth area, near several major retailers. Third choice: I'd buy and demo part of the storage facility at the SW corner of the Tamarack Interchange. High visibility, easy access, first exit after and last exit before the 494/94 interchange. It would be a HUGE risk, but sometimes you've got to roll the dice.
Kris Janisch August 15, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Excellent analysis Berg! (As usual.)
Susan Monty August 17, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Barnes and Noble needs to move to one of those roomier spots so they can put in a coffee shop.
City Walker August 20, 2012 at 12:29 AM
As a resident of City Walk I am very disappointed to hear that a Mattress Firm is moving in. I was hoping for nice restaurant....with good drinks (not fast food).
Denise September 05, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Every time I drive by it, I am baffled that it could be big enough to be a mattress store. I mean, don't they need to have a showroom where people can sit/bounce on the mattresses? It looks like maybe 6 would fit. And the storage must be offsite? It's just weird.
Sharon September 20, 2012 at 11:21 PM
I can't believe that Woodbury is even allowing a building, no matter what it is, to completely block City Walk's visibility to Co. Rd. 19! How ugly and stupid! Woodbury has been so strict about how buildings look and who they will let build, but obviously they didn't care when they OK'd this project.
Kris Janisch September 21, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Yeah, doesn't sound like anyone is too excited Sharon. And I saw in the comments here a question about plans for a new McDonald's. Ran something last week: http://patch.com/A-xMwg
Mark October 21, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Puleeze. A mattress store? We need an auto parts store more than a mattress store!! I agree with the City Walkers, a homely looking building as well.
Phillius Thomas March 17, 2014 at 12:58 PM
That is pretty odd that they are finally doing it. I am glad, but it is odd it took so long. Glad they are doing it. http://www.landofsleep.com/


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