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Group Announces Plans for New Grocery Store, Retail Space at Woodbury’s Future Urban Village (Updated)

Bielenberg Gardens, a mixed-use development, is planned at the southwest corner of Radio Drive and Bailey Road.

Plans for a future urban village at the southwest corner of Radio Drive and Bailey Road took a step forward Thursday as a group announced its plans for a grocery-anchored shopping center.

United Properties, along with project partner Jerry’s Enterprises, Inc., says it will build a 90,000-square-foot retail center at the site.

“We’re very excited to be bringing grocery-anchored retail to serve southern Woodbury,” Keith Ulstad, senior vice president of development at United Properties, said in a release. “Our goal is to create a shopping center that will meet residents’ day-to-day needs with amenities such as a grocery store, coffee shop, gas station and pharmacy.”

The grocery will be a Jerry’s Enterprises store, "but the name is to be determined," United Properties spokeswoman Jessie Folkens told Patch, correcting an earlier statement. 

It will span 68,000 square feet on a 30-acre site, according to the release.

The grocery store will also have a liquor store attached to it, leaving about 13,000 square feet of retail space for other businesses, Folkens said. No other retailers have committed to the remaining space, she said, though United Properties is in talks with several companies.

Construction is set to begin June.

"We're excited that they're looking to move forward in 2013," said Eric Searles, associate planner with Woodbury.

The city has not seen a formal development application as yet, but will meet with those involved in the coming weeks, he said.

With the Bielenberg Sports Center expansion, the opening up of Phase 2 for development and the coming expansion of Radio Drive, there is a "nice synergy for that area," Searles said.

Plans for the new mixed-use development, called Bielenberg Gardens, call for housing and retail space at the approximately 200-acre site.

Features of the development include a “green-space network,” senior housing, water amenities, office space, a pharmacy and a location for a fast-food establishment, among other things, according to officials at a June 2011 City Council workshop.

Project partners include Architectural Consortium, LLC, and engineers Kimley-Horn, according to the release.

Edina-based Jerry’s Enterprises operates 37 food stores in the Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Florida, under the retail banners of Jerry’s Foods, Cub Foods, County Market, and Save-A-Lot, the release says.

 

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Joe February 07, 2013 at 08:53 PM
I know an anchor tenant is important but don't we have enough grocery stores in Woodbury? Plus you already have kowalski's basically 1.5 miles north on Radio Drive. I know we want to make everything "walkable" nowadays but its only "walkable" for a couple hundred people building in this new development. I am not sure thats enough for this grovery store to be profitable. Plus with Super Target and Super Walmart undercutting everyone's prices, its going to be difficult for a place like this to compete.
Kris Janisch February 07, 2013 at 09:00 PM
I recall city council meetings where developers thought it was going to pull a lot of customers from Cottage Grove. Does anybody know how Aldi is doing?
Vicki Strong February 07, 2013 at 09:07 PM
... and Trader Joe's.
Kris Janisch February 07, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Oh yeah, thanks Vicki!
Eric Berg February 07, 2013 at 09:11 PM
It's going to be the only grocery store (so far) between Valley Creek in Woodbury and Point Douglas in Cottage Grove--look at all the new growth that is going on, between the Bielenberg Gardens, the future developments near the high school, plus it's in the hinterlands of much of the undeveloped parts of Woodbury and CG. You've also got quite a bit of development in northern Cottage Grove, Newport, and southern Saint Paul for whom this might be more convenient. Traffic flow for people south of Lake Drive might be better to this location as well. Bailey Road is going to grow to be a high volume corridor over the next decade or so with the developments going in, as well as the easy access to 494 and 61. This is in a good location and should succeed. Joe brings up the proximity to Kowalskis...IMO Kowalskis is more of an upscale, niche grocery, much in the vein of a Trader Joes or a Whole Foods market. Some people might do all their grocery shopping there, but in terms of pricing, they're not competing with Cub or Rainbow, let alone SuperTarget or Wallyworld. Not saying anything bad about Kowalskis, but that's not the market for which this store is aiming.
Kris Janisch February 07, 2013 at 09:12 PM
Good stuff Eric, thanks!
Lauren Tschida February 07, 2013 at 09:25 PM
I thought for sure it would be a Whole Foods. I can't believe we don't have one! I think it would be kind of nice to have, even if it is more expensive than Kowalski's.
Kris Janisch February 07, 2013 at 09:26 PM
Ever since this project was announced I've heard people clamoring for a Whole Foods Lauren.
Kris Janisch February 07, 2013 at 09:56 PM
Just got an updated release. Construction is set to begin in June, not August.
Anna February 08, 2013 at 02:39 PM
A co-op like Mississippi Market would be nice to have out here. I'm not aware of one closer then St Paul or Stillwater.
Kris Janisch February 08, 2013 at 03:28 PM
I hear that all the time Anna. And I'm not very familiar with Jerry's Foods, but folks on our Facebook page said there used to be one in Woodbury. The Valley Creek Mall, I think...
Mitch Peterson February 08, 2013 at 03:37 PM
We live near Red Rock grade school and I can't be more excited. Kowalski's is just too expensive, so we're driving to Rainbow which isn't that far but with all of the stop lights it's not convenient. (Don't get me started on red lights for green arrows forcing 20 cars to stop on Radio for a single car to turn left!) I'm really excited about the fast food! I realize it's not PC to say that, but if you want it once in a while for a quick meal on a busy night it's convenient, and there's nothing close to our area right now. Great article Kris, and good information Eric. Thanks.
Kris Janisch February 08, 2013 at 03:38 PM
I know Mitch. When the urban village was first announced, a bunch of people were hoping for Culver's. (And you might open a can of worms here on stoplights.)
Sarah Craig February 08, 2013 at 05:59 PM
I'm excited that we will have both some place to walk to get groceries and coffee and also a place to get gas. It's a long way between Holiday in Cottage Grove and Kwik Trip in Woodbury. I hope they pull it off well.
Kris Janisch February 08, 2013 at 06:00 PM
I do hope a new coffee shop goes in there. We'll see. I'll follow up with them in the coming months and see if I can get updates as we go along.
Vicki Strong February 08, 2013 at 07:05 PM
There were tentative plans to put a Culvers in on Radio Drive and Donegal way back. I think concern about a drive-thru at that location and the city's inflexible building materials requirements forced Culvers to give up. And yes, Jerry's was (I think) the first grocery store in Woodbury. Back in the day when the development of Woodbury was centered around 494, the Valley Creek Mall was all that Woodbury offered for shopping. Seems oh, so, long ago!
Kris Janisch February 08, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Thanks for the background Vicki!
Shoua Shonoiki February 09, 2013 at 01:37 PM
What about something with some culture, something like the Midtown Global Market in Mpls. I realize about 82% of Woodbury's population is white but still, I think it would do well and it would add some culture to this place.
Frederick Hess February 10, 2013 at 12:28 AM
It is about time the development on the south side includes a grocery store. Living in the southwestern quadrant of the city I always felt like I was forced to have to drive to one of the norther quadrants to shop. As it is now most of the shopping is just off either I-494 or I-94. This forces more traffic into the northern quadrants as those areas have the stores causing more congestion. Allowing folks to go a different direction to shop is very desirable for those in the southern part of the city.
Randy Marsh February 10, 2013 at 01:20 AM
HahaHaha! I know whenever I'm the market for some culture I throw on my tuxedo t-shirt and head straight for Woodbury. Between all the strip malls and housing that all looks exactly the same, it really brightens my day. All you need now is some light rail, low income housing and a Red Roof Inn, oh wait, never mind.
Anna February 11, 2013 at 02:37 PM
Yes, there was a grocery there many years ago. It was part of the SuperValu chain and may have been Jerry's.
Dawn February 11, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Add my name to the list of disappointed people who would like to see a Whole Foods here. However, Kowalski's is doing a fabulous job bringing in more organic foods all the time. I was delighted with their recent addition of heritage Berkshire pork products which are so much better; I think they are the first large stores to offer these products. I'll flatter myself and say that I have "nagged" them for some time to do this and I'm happy that someone was listening! I disliked the Jerry's store that was here years ago enough to drive to the St. Paul Byerly's store to do my shopping. About the coffee shop - could we ask them to build a huge, wonderful book store around it? Our Barnes and Noble is almost an insult to our intelligence! (Although I am grateful to have at least the small store available.)
Randy Marsh February 11, 2013 at 06:03 PM
I must say how much I'm enjoying all these wonderful ideas for things that cannot possibly make any financial sense for anyone to try and develop. Maybe in addition to the book store that Dawn would like to see they could put in a place to purchase 8-track track tapes, a typewriter repair shop or maybe a blacksmith. There's already a rotary phone retailer in Cottage Grove (it just opened last month after the Pet Rocks R Us store closed) or else I would also suggest that.
Jon February 12, 2013 at 07:35 PM
Living in Cottage Grove, we couldn’t be more excited to have a new grocery store going into this development. It will be about the same distance as the Cottage Grove Rainbow for us, but more convenient and much nicer. Kowalski’s is a lovely store, but too rich for our blood. Who knows – maybe with more competition, it will force Kowalski’s to lower their prices a bit as well.
Valerie Kennedy February 15, 2013 at 12:27 PM
I would love a coffee shop and gas stationon my way to work that I didn't have detour a long way for. Please a caribou or dunns bro!
Lockwood February 19, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Jerry's owns several Cub Stores (including the exsiting Woodbury location) as well as the County Markets in North Branch and Hudson, WI.
Kris Janisch February 19, 2013 at 09:59 PM
Thanks for the info Lockwood. I should probably check back and see if they know exactly what kind of grocery store it's going to be.
Kris Janisch February 27, 2013 at 03:08 PM
Checked in on this yesterday. Still uncertain exactly what kind of grocery store it's going to be. But it sounds like they'll send out an announcement when the decision is made.
Jon July 30, 2013 at 09:40 AM
I haven't heard any updates on this project for a long time. Do we know what the store is going to be or when they are going to start building?
Kris Janisch July 30, 2013 at 09:54 AM
We'll see some signs of development this fall, when we'll also know exactly what type of grocery store it will be.

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