October 19, 2001
Two boys walk past the Denfeld Super Valu store on Grand Avenue Thursday afternoon. The grocery store will close and a new Walgreens drugstore will be built on the same lot, according to documents filed with the city. (Justin Hayworth / News Tribune)
GOODBYE SUPER VALU, HELLO WALGREENS
LONGTIME DENFELD GROCERY STORE CLOSING; DRUGSTORE TO MOVE TO SITE
By Craig Lincoln, News Tribune staff writer
The Denfeld Super Valu in Duluth will close and Walgreens will replace it soon if the city approves permits, according to documents filed with the city Board of Zoning Appeals.
The Super Valu has been a fixture in the Grand Avenue business scene for decades, but has faced stiff competition from a nearby Super One store.
The new Walgreens store on Grand Avenue at 46th Avenue will be five or six blocks away from its current location in the Spirit Valley Shopping Center.
The city still has to approve a request to vacate part of the alley on the property and to allow the store to be closer to the street than zoning laws allow.
The Board of Zoning Appeals, which decides whether the store can be built close to the street, has the request on its Oct. 23 agenda.
Although business officials involved wouldn’t confirm that Walgreens would close the current store, the corporation is moving as many stores as possible out of less-visible locations in shopping centers and into free-standing stores, according to the company’s 2000 annual report….
According to city documents, the new Walgreens store would be about 15,000 square feet, a common size for one of its stores.
The 100-year-old chain has been aggressively expanding lately. It plans to open 500 stores this year, or about one every 17 hours.