Food Retailing “Bells & Whistles” Upstage the Food

If you want to see the latest housing trends — at least in the Twin Cities — you check out new residential construction in Edina above $3 million or so.

That’s because homes at that price point are typically loaded with all the latest bells & whistles (such homes frequently host Edina Realty’s weekly Exceptional Properties meetings).

So, where do you go to check out the latest food retailing trends?

New Edina grocery stores costing around $30 million (my guesstimate).

Like the new Byerly’s on France Ave. in Edina.

The net effect is sort of a mashup of Whole Foods + Costco.

Solar Tubes (and Ductwork Tubes)

Here’s what caught my eye touring the store last week:  an expanded food court, featuring more prepared (and higher margin) foods; a bigger seating area for people eating that food; and more modular shopping areas, as opposed to the traditional up-and-down, parallel rows.

But what was most eye-catching to me, quite literally, were the dozens of solar tubes in the ceiling (photo above).

They’re so bright, they initially appear to be flood lights.

Only after a second do you realize that it’s zero energy cost, passive lighting.

Looks like Whole Foods (down the street) just got some real competition!

P.S.:  The other tube — running just under the solar tubes — is the exposed ductwork.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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