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Year In Review: The Business Of Woodbury

The city saw a slew of new restaurants open, but the biggest empty building in town remains vacant.

Looking at the landscape of Woodbury business in 2011, it’s clear that new restaurants dominated the scene.

Those of you looking for a new place to grab a bite saw plenty of options pop up, and the , drew plenty of attention as well.

But the biggest vacant building in Woodbury remains vacant, despite some steam about a new development deal and the city’s efforts to get it occupied.

In January, Wellington Management , which the insurance giant shuttered in 2004. Plans called for it to be converted for multi-tenant use, and the construction of a new Costco and 200-unit senior-housing development on the campus.

In addition, a second $50 million phase of the overall development plan envisioned a new 120-room hotel and three additional office buildings.

Woodbury also to come up with a way for the 420,000-square-foot State Farm building to be redeveloped.

The , however, leaving the building in much the same state it was at the year’s outset.

New Restaurants

Woodbury saw a spate of new restaurants open in 2011. Click on the name of the restaurant for the story.

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  • (American Burger Emporium closes)
  • (Oakdale)
  • (Afton)

Chamber Chatter

With a , the was busy in 2011.

The chamber got off to a strong start last January with its , and continued with its .

More chamber news:

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Business Bites

While restaurant openings may have dominated the scene for some, the closure of Aperitif and also marked big news in Woodbury.

Other Woodbury business news from 2011:

Plans for a at the corner of Radio Drive and Bailey Road call for a new grocery store and fast-food restaurant, among other things.

The in Woodbury gave folks on the east side of town a new shopping option.

in Woodbury.

A Department of Employment and Economic Development official .

The mayor delved into the city’s business climate during her .

in Woodbury.

Patch who gave his thoughts on starting new companies during the so-called Great Recession.

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Owners of massage shops in Woodbury now have to .

Patch brought you the story of a Woodbury man who , the .

celebrated its .

A could be coming to Woodbury.

Creative Kidstuff .

A contract dispute between a hit Woodbury streets.

A Woodbury woman at Rainbow Foods.

Borders , among others across the country.

Two opened in Woodbury.

A is coming to Woodbury.

brought its line of items to the city.

Former Minnesota governor and then-presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty .

A near .

The county helped find new jobs.

Woodbury offices.

in Woodbury.

Aveka, a local research and development company, .

A grad site for cars, trucks, boats, ATVs, RVs, motorcycles and snowmobiles.

Tinucci's .

Woodbury Patch .

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