Miner's breaks groundBy Christmas, Superior residents and others traveling along U.S. Highways 2/53 could have a new grocery store to buy their holiday dinner.
By: Shelley Nelson, Superior Telegram
By Christmas, Superior residents and others traveling along U.S. Highways 2/53 could have a new grocery store to buy their holiday dinner.
At least that’s the goal, said Patrick Miner of Miner’s Inc. The company is building a new 59,000-square-foot Super One Foods store in Superior’s East End.
Company officials are also working to bring other retailers to the almost 20,500 square feet of retail rental space planned for the new store facing East Second Street.
Miner said while the company is talking to people about leasing the space, they are not ready to talk about the businesses that could co-exist in the building because they have not secured tenants yet.
Still, the excitement about the new store drew dozens eager to see the new store built.
Numerous East End business owners turned out for the official groundbreaking. Many are hopeful the new store will draw attention to the small, neighborhood business district along East Fifth Street, which could get a boost from the $10 million investment that’s expected to draw 18,000 additional vehicles to the area.
Mayor Bruce Hagen said Super One Foods is expected to draw about 14,000 cars a week and another 4,000 per week would be drawn to the additional retail space.
“It’s a great turnout for this project that has been very long in the making for the city of Superior,” Hagen said. “I’m sure this is going to help immensely with the East End Business District and the revitalization … I want to thank the Miners for their investment again in Superior.”
The grocer has operated stores in Superior for about 30 years, first opening in the former grocery store that now serves as the Superior Public Library before building its store at 1515 Oakes Ave.
The company later purchased the former Jubilee stores and continues to operate those stores in the Belknap Plaza and East End Business District.
The new, larger store will replace the current operation at East Fifth Street and 22nd Avenue East.
The city is planning infrastructure improvements to bolster the project. From new traffic signals at 22nd Avenue East and East Second Street to sidewalk and street improvements on 22nd and 23rd avenues east planned for next year, Port and Planning Director Jason Serck said the improvements will complement the prominent new building facing the highway through town.
“Overall, the city will be putting in $700,000 to $800,000 into the project,” Serck said.
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, with the house being donated to Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity and moved to the North End neighborhood.