2 small businesses told they must leave St. Paul's Kellogg Square

  • Article by: Kevin Duchschere , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 23, 2013 - 9:17 PM

The St. Paul skyway space now used by Anjolen’s Shoe Repair and Ben’s Jewelers will be converted into more apartments.

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dvsdan123Oct. 24, 13 7:23 AM

No wonder downtown St. Paul is dying. Maybe the city could give them a spot in the new Saints stadium.

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tooty123Oct. 24, 1312:16 PM

Downtown St. Paul dying??? Just the opposite. More and more people are downsizing and moving downtown. The only problem is finding living space. They enjoy the skyway system, now the LRT, and the access to several parks downtown. Minneapolis can keep their nightlife and the crimes that are associated with them.

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deneencOct. 24, 13 4:08 PM

Good job Bigos! Glad you had construction timelines and plans that you didn't share until 30-45 days before implementation. I'm sure you had just lined things up in the days before the notice and not last winter when you got the building.

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builderjoeOct. 24, 13 4:54 PM

Who cares about the nightlife. In a land of opportunity and small, proprietor owned business, this is a shame. I cannot believe that this type of thing still happens. I understand that money talks, however does it have to be so callous and without compassion?! It feels like business ethic is becoming a thing of the past. Professional courtesy for another business....it does not exist unless it doesn't affect th

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builderjoeOct. 24, 13 5:26 PM

Who cares about the nightlife. In a land of opportunity and small, proprietor owned business, this is a shame! I cannot believe that this type of thing an still happen. I understand that money talks, however does it have to be so callous and without compassion?! It feels like business ethic is becoming a thing of the past. Professional courtesy for another business....it does not exist unless it doesn't affect the bottom line and is deemed not possibly offensive to any person on the planet. Maybe this is a little old school, how about some DAMN RESPECT! Both of these men are losing their businesses to some guy with a bunch of money. Both are war veterans who fought for this land of opportunity so that it would be available for the generations to come. What a slap in the face. The people they fought to protect are now throwing them on the streets. I personally find it sad and very troubling. The pride in business ownership only matters if you can stay out of the way of the “big guys”! Like I said, I understand business, but this situation could have most definitely handled differently. How about a face to face explanation, a little support with the move, assistance with a re-location? How about a “thank you for serving our country and protecting my rights and opportunities so that I can be the big company that I am”? Instead, let me demonstrate how insignificant and unimportant I think you are. I will have my “guys” MAIL an eviction notice. It just blows my mind. I guess this is how rich powerful guys like the owner of Bigos get things done…this is how he stays rich….snuffin’ out the little guy with a few stroke from a pen. We shouldn’t stand for it!

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viczee26Oct. 24, 13 8:39 PM

Just because the lease said 45 days notice, that was the minimum. It sounds as if they could have told the tenants several months before this. Typical ... well, it's legal.. yes what about ethics in business? A lot of things are legal but stink otherwise such as the situation a few years ago when long distance companies could 'slam' you with another provider. By law okay but certainly not the way to do business.

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hollywoodmnOct. 25, 13 1:39 PM

If they both don't need the big spaces that are available on the skyway (1200sq ft), why don't they go in on one space together?

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