10 years ago

Welcome to Lunds Hennepin Avenue! Our doors are officially open to the downtown Minneapolis community and we couldn’t be more thrilled. After months of construction, planning and anticipation, it’s nice to finally be in the neighborhood.

To all of you who attended our grand opening ceremony on June 14, thank you! There was a phenomenal turnout for our first day and the store has been hopping ever since thanks to our enthusiastic new customers. For those who weren’t at the celebration, stop in and visit the grocery store and the beautiful gem we have as our wines and spirits shop!

The grand opening started out with a bang as the produce-themed ribbon hit the floor after our CEO, Tres Lund, councilmember Lisa Goodman and I triumphantly signaled the store’s official opening. Hundreds of people stopped by for a look at the newest addition to downtown, with special deals, samples and goodie bags given throughout the day. Live music and the sounds of happy customers filled the store for the first time.

The store and my staff make me proud to be the general manager. Areas of the store, like the huge deli island, fresh meat and seafood counter, large produce section, wines and spirits shop, grab-and-go foods area, Caribou Coffee and Bachman’s provide a one-stop shop for our new neighbors.

The wines and spirits shop itself has a micro brews room, with almost 200 micro brews (including nearly 50 local brews!), a walk-in cold beer vault and a wine tasting bar. Just outside the wines and spirits shop, we have a rain garden and patio area for those wanting to enjoy a great Minnesota day. Finally, we’re applying for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification. Restoring and adding on to the new Lunds, as well as our efforts going forward, like using energy-efficient lighting and refrigeration, will greatly reduce our store’s environmental impact.

Thank you to everyone who made this store and the grand opening such a huge success. We look forward to serving the energetic and unique community in downtown Minneapolis. We’re officially in your neighborhood!

Brian Kopp, general manager, Lunds Hennepin