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December 23, 2013

Ex-Hostess building sold for $720,000

Here's a real estate sale that has spurred my old cravings for Hostess SWonderbreadstoreno-Balls.

Don't judge me. I just can't resist those artifically colored, marshmallow skinned blobs of sweet, sweet calories. Heh.

Rochester's former Wonder Bread Hostess outlet store building at 406 37th St. N.E. for $720,000 on Dec. 18, according to county property records.

SnballsBuilt in 1990, the building has about 3,500-square-feet of retail space and an about 9,500-square-feet of warehouse space. It closed down, when Hostess imploded at the end of 2012.

I chatted with the new owner this morning and this sale opens the door for a regional business to expand into Rochester. This new name in town could eventually add up to about 10 to 15 new local jobs.

I'll have all of the details in the Heard on the Street column in Tuesday's Post-Bulletin. Just consider me Santa's little helper and the P-B as a present of information that can also be used as gift wrap.

In the meantime, I'd consider it a special gift if anyone out there can tell me if true Hostess Sno-Balls have ever returned to Rochester. If so, where can I find them?

September 25, 2013

Spooky store gears up for the scary season

Travis Mueller wanted to know about this store, so I jumped up and checked it out for him. If it matters to Travis, it matters to me. Heh. Anyway, here's what I found out:

09252013spirithalloweenSpirit Halloween is opening its doors this evening in the former Best Buy South store in the Shoppes on Maine area.

The store was just putting the final touches on its front decoration at about 4:30 p.m. today. I was told that they'd be open by 5 p.m.

This seasonal retailer will sell masks, costumes, fake blood and everything other ghoulish thing needed to celebrate All Hallow's Eve through Oct. 31 (AKA Halloween).

Meanwhile, on the other side of the Med City, Halloween Express, is has moved into the former Amish Furniture store on Bandel Road.

January 24, 2013

FTC OKs 'early termination' of Hormel/ Skippy deal

It looks like the Hormel folks in Spamtown USA might be able start spreading the peanut butter goodness in the near future.

TerminationRemember the deal where Austin-based Hormel made a deal with Unilever to buy the Skippy peanut butter brand for $700 million?

Well, the Federal Trade Commission granted Hormel's request for "early termination" this week. In case, like myself, you aren't sure what 'early termination' means, here's what that means:

Any person filing an HSR form may request that the waiting period be terminated before the statutory period expires. Such a request for "early termination" will be granted only after compliance with the rules and if both the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice Antitrust Division have completed their review and determined not to take any enforcement action during the waiting period. In some instances, after a Request for Additional Information and Documentary Material has been issued, the investigating agency will determine that no further action is necessary and terminate the waiting period before full compliance with the Second Request is made.

So it sounds like a good thing. The deal has been given the green light to speed ahead.

Can the new peanut butter favored Spam be far away? Heh.

July 11, 2012

75-year-old Spam rings a bell

Spam and the Big Apple = a tasty combo?

Hormel Foods CEO Jeffrey Ettinger made the trip from Austin to New York City Tuesday to mark the 75th anniversary bring ringing the closing bell for the New York Stock Exchange.


Here's a quick vid from CNN chatting with Ettinger. He dodges the question Hillshire Farms pretty smoothly and gives a shout out for Austin, "the town that Spam built."   6a00d83451cc8269e20176165b9d12970c-250wi

 And here's a pic of the Spam-flavored lip balm...just because that product still amuses me. Heh.

September 01, 2011

Spam Lip Glaze? Yes, this exists

Here is a taste from my column in today's paper. I lead off with a Hormel product that I can imagine Miss Piggy using.

Check out the print edition for more details, including how well such a lip balm is selling.

The art is from ThinkGeek.Com.

Pucker up with pork-flavored lips.

Austin's Hormel Foods, known for its iconic Spam canned pork, rolled out Spam Lip Glaze balm in early August.

6a00d8341c5dea53ef014e8ae1ff61970d-800wi For between $1.95 to $2.99 a tube, fans of Minnesota's favorite canned meat can keep their lips soft and meaty with a Spam-flavored balm.

"Rubbing meat on your face is a good way to get noticed, but probably for all the wrong reasons. But what if you do it because you really want to taste meat, but not eat it? Well, grab yourself some Spam Lip Glaze and you can rub the flavor of meat on your lips without getting weird stares from having bacon hanging from your cheeks."

That's how ThinkGeek.Com describes the latest quirky product that Hormel has branded with the Spam logo.