New Lunds to Open in Downtown St. Paul

For immediate release
December 1, 2008

Contact: Aaron Sorenson, Lund Food Holdings, Inc., 952-915-2694

MINNEAPOLIS – Lund Food Holdings, Inc. announced today its intent to build a full-service Lunds supermarket at 10th and Robert streets in downtown St. Paul.

Lund Food Holdings has signed a long-term lease agreement with Penfield Development LLC. The approximately 30,000-square-foot supermarket will be located on the main level of the Penfield, a full city-block development bounded by 10th, Robert, Minnesota and 11th Streets. The development is also expected to include an upscale apartment complex and a Hyatt Place Select Service hotel. Construction is slated to begin in the fall of 2009.

“Lunds is a mainstay for neighborhoods throughout the Twin Cities, and this location will be no exception,” said Bob Lux, a partner in Penfield Development. “We are pleased to have them as a key anchor in the development.”

Similar to the successful Lunds in northeast Minneapolis and a future store in downtown Minneapolis, plans for the downtown St. Paul location include an urban-style, single-level supermarket with a heavy emphasis on fresh foods and premium prepared meals.

“With a rising population and a lack of full-service supermarket options in downtown St. Paul, we know there is a real need for a Lunds in this area,” said Tres Lund, chairman and CEO of Lund Food Holdings. “We’re eager to provide the residents and businesses in downtown St. Paul with a selection of products and a level of service that will exceed their expectations.”

“This is a major step forward for downtown. Attaching an amenity like Lunds to the Penfield brings a new level of excitement to an already great development,” St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman said. “Increasingly, downtown Saint Paul is becoming the choice for people wanting a place to live, work and play. This project shows that we can continue to grow during difficult times through wise investment. With the recent additions of new night life, housing and key rehabilitation and remodeling projects of downtown business properties, the future of downtown St. Paul is bright.”

Edina-based Lund Food Holdings, Inc. operates 10 Lunds and 11 Byerly’s supermarkets in the Twin Cities and surrounding area.