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July 21, 2010

Rambling Kiger on spot news video + timeline of Chuck/ Joe's building


The life of the 54,000-square-foot building at 1200 16th St. S.W. in Rochester

• 1986 - Twin Cities-based Nash Fitch buys land to build a new Econofoods  grocery store.

• September 1988 - Econofoods store opens.

• May 2004 - Nash Finch Co. closed the Econofoods store as well as many others in the state and U.S. during the company's reorganization.

• January 2005 - Developer Kriss Novak of Minnetonka, Minn. announced plans to renovate the former grocery store and re-brand it as Apache Shoppes. He also announced that Linens 'n Things and Cost Plus World Market were going to open stores there.

• August 2005 - Cost Plus World Market opens its new 18,000-square-foot store.

• September 2005 - Linens 'n Things opens its new 27,000-square-foot store.

• December 2006 - Apache Shoppes, including the Cost Plus and Linens 'n Things building and a nearby newly built commercial strip, was, sold to Inland Real Estate Corp. of Oak Brook, Ill. for $12.3 million.

• May 2008 - Linens 'n Things closes its store.

• January 2009 - Cost Plus World Market closes its store.

• December 2009 - Chuck E. Cheese's announces plans to open in the former Cost Plus World Market space.

• May 2010 - Chuck E. Cheese's deals falls through.Trader Joe's announces plans to open a grocery store in the space Chuck E. Cheese's had planned on using.

• July 2010 - Chuck E. Cheese's says it is coming to Rochester and will be next to Trader Joe's in the ex-Linens-N-Things store.


I like the video. However...

Get a tripod or a camera with better digital stabilization!

Now we know why Kiger is a newspaper guy and not a TV guy!

Aw.. don't listen to those guys JeffK. You did a great job. By the way, do you plan to hire that cricket to chirp in all your vids?

Hey, I said I *liked* it.

Jeff, good job on the video, what is funny, I have talked to you dozens of time, Ihad not noticed the southern Draw you have, where is that from. i am excted about Traeder Joes coming BTW, not to excited about CEC.

Eagle, The drawl comes out when I get wound up talking about something. Pretty sad how excited I get talking about Chuck E. Cheese's and Trader Joe's. Heh. It comes from growing up in southern Indiana. We are Hoosiers, but we talk like we're from Kentucky.

I read your blog everyday; the video was a nice change. Did a good job, Jeff.

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