Shrinking Rainbow Foods will close two more stores in Twin Cities north metro

  • Article by: Shannon Prather , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 8, 2014 - 11:18 AM

The Columbia Heights and Brooklyn Park stores are closing.

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hittodeadJan. 7, 14 9:38 PM

I don't know about all of these stores, but two of them at least were older without any recent improvements. Where Roundy's has invested in new locations, like in Roseville on Larpenteur, or the West End store in St Louis Park, where it's frequently hard to find a parking space, they seem to be doing very well. I know it's a cliche, but it truly is all about location.

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dahutysJan. 7, 14 9:47 PM

Is that why the Rainbow in Uptown is getting so skanky - they're just letting it limp along till they can shut it down?

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andrewblakeJan. 7, 14 9:47 PM

Thanks to everyone at Rainbow in CH...I have been shopping there my entire life and am sad to see it go. Good place, good people. I certainly am not eager to stop shopping at a place with a union for it's employees...someday I think we will look back and wonder why we traded treating people decently for discounted prices and the convenience of everything we want in one place.

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poppins777Jan. 7, 1410:07 PM

With Walmart opening a new store within a few months in Cottage Grove and a Jerry's opening within a year on Bailey Road and Radio Drive either the horrible Cub store or the Rainbow store will probably close sooner, rather than later. Here's hoping it's the Cub store, but one way or another one of them won't survive.

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LauralundJan. 7, 1411:06 PM

The Brooklyn Park Rainbow has a very limited produce department. It seemed like they didn't even try to compete with the nearby Cub.

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dsteinbe1977Jan. 7, 1411:16 PM

I am glad to see it open in St. Louis Park West End location. The meat there is of good quality and nicely priced.

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dlweidtJan. 7, 1411:45 PM

I don't agree that Rainbow's problem is WalMart or Target. Rainbow's problem is the Rainbow stores. One nice thing that Rainbow does offer customers is the privacy of shopping in an empty store.

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chlyn001Jan. 8, 1412:12 AM

I shopped the Robbinsdale Rainbow for over 30 years, and when it closed I went to Brooklyn Park. Now I'll have to search for a new one. I know this much, I won't be shopping any store where the workers are underpaid and/or unable to organize. Another Rainbow is worth looking for too. Friendly people, high quality and great deals. We don't know how good we have it til it's gone I guess.

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stevedelappJan. 8, 1412:19 AM

As long as Aldi's has figured out how to undercut the prices of Rainbow by 30-50%, there is no reason for Rainbow to exist, except that shoppers are notoriously slow to realize they are being taken for a ride. Only today, I bought some cat food at CUB and Menards -- the same cat food at CUB was $13 a case; it was $7.50 at Menards. Really? Yes, really. CUB will be next to disappear, and Target won't be far behind, since its prices are on par with CUB's, provided customers care about throwing away money. The role of vanity is another issue, but Roundy's has bad prices and no "class." Ditto CUB. Trader Joe's has class and the prices are soften very competitive.

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staredJan. 8, 1412:26 AM

At least Rainbow knows how to bake fresh crunchy bread; no other stores seem to be able to handle this task!

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