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Work goes on inside the new Super One in Superior’s East End on Wednesday afternoon. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Nearing completion

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Nearing completion
Superior Wisconsin 1410 Tower Ave. 54880

Maria Lockwood

mlockwood@superiortelegram.com

The new Super One Foods store on East Second Street in Superior is set to open next month, consolidating two existing grocery stores into one.

According to Patrick Miner, store director with Miner’s Inc., the new store will open for business April 13. Store hours will be 6 a.m. to midnight daily. The Super One Foods stores in the Belknap Plaza and at 2222 E. Fifth St. will close for good at the end of the business day April 12. About 80 employees from the closing stores are expected to transfer to the new building or other nearby Super One stores. Miner said he anticipates a need for about 95 employees at the new site. Applications for employment are being taken online at the company website, www.superonefoods.com.

The Superior Savings Bank branch located in the Belknap Super One store will be also moving at the close of business April 12, but not as far. The bank will reopen April 14 at 126 Belknap St., the former AT&T store in the Belknap Plaza. Hours will remain the same — 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

“The decision to close the other two locations was very difficult,” said Bob Halvorson, vice president of operations for Miner’s Inc., but the new store “is going to be better than the sum of the parts of the other two.”

The new 60,000-square-foot store will be state-of-the-art, delivering the latest in grocery supermarket design and equipment. It also incorporates energy-efficient cases and LED lighting.

“It’s the latest and greatest,” Halvorson said. The new store is more than twice the size of the 204 Belknap St. store and nearly twice the size of the Fifth Street store, allowing it to deliver enhanced services and variety. Super One Foods also has a 68,000-square-foot store at 1515 Oakes Ave. in Superior.

Originally slated for completion around Christmas time, the scope of the land preparation work pushed the timeline for the $10 million project forward.

“It was a big undertaking,” Halvorson said.

The new store at 2202 E. Second St. includes almost 20,500 square feet of retail rental space, enough room for about seven tenants. Essentia Health will be opening up a pharmacy and ready-care center in one of them, Miner said. The other tenants have not been named. The new development is expected to draw 18,000 vehicles to the area per week.

The project has been 3½ years in the making; after 27 property owners sold their homes and a business. The final parcel for the project was secured in September 2012, with the house being donated to Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity and moved to the North End neighborhood.

Miner’s Incorporated has served the Superior marketplace since it purchased the National grocery store, now the Superior Public Library, in 1983. They remained in that location until 1991, when the Super One store on Oakes Avenue was built. In addition, Miner’s acquired two former Jubilee store locations, the two closing sites, in 2006. The company extended its appreciation for the support it continues to receive from the Superior community.

Miner’s currently operates 36 retail stores in Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, and North Dakota under the Super One Foods, U-Save Foods, Woodland Marketplace Foods, County Market, and Super One and County Market Liquor banners. For more information about Super One Foods, visit www.superonefoods.com.

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