Keeping it Fresh: Jerry’s Foods and KA
From its natural stone entrance to its abundance of specialty foods and drink, the new Jerry’s Foods complements the comfortable lifestyle of east metro Woodbury, Minnesota. Beneath that exterior of ease, though, there’s a lot of hustle to stay on top of this highly dynamic, upscale retail grocery industry; and KA is helping the client keep its competitive edge.
The Woodbury project, a 64,916 sf. Jerry’s Foods grocery store with an attached 6,369 sf. liquor store, opened April 19, 2015 at 7760 Hargis Parkway. The store is Jerry’s first grocery in Woodbury, and its fourth in the Twin Cities area. Yet the impact of Jerry’s on the region’s grocery industry goes far beyond the stores bearing Jerry Paulsen’s name.
Since 1947, when butcher Gerald (Jerry) Paulsen began a grocery market on the west side of town in Edina, his business has grown to become one of the market leaders in the region. Today Jerry’s Enterprises operates dozens of groceries in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Florida under several banners, including Cub Foods, County Market, Save-a-Lot and Jerry’s Foods.
Jerry’s Enterprises has doing business with Kraus-Anderson for over 30 years. In the past 15 years, Kraus-Anderson has performed over a hundred projects for the client, ranging from minor repairs and installations to total store remodels, new store construction and store conversions; as well as projects for Jerry’s Hardware and at its corporate offices. Jerry’s is also a KA tenant, operating a Cub Foods store and Jerry’s Do it Best Hardware at Valley West Shopping Center in Bloomington.
Designed by Architectural Consortium, LLC, the Woodbury store pushes the design envelope in several directions. Highlights include:
• A high-low roof structure which steps up to the second-floor, providing an expansive feel.
• Clerestory window feature reaching from the front to the back of the store, providing natural light
• A Radius stairway to the mezzanine
• Seating area with a natural-stone-shrouded fireplace
• Polished aggregate concrete floor
• A 1,500 sf., mezzanine-level community room which can be sub divided into two separate rooms; perfect for public meetings or sports teams gathering from nearby Bielenberg Sports Center
• Walk-out outdoor patio off of the mezzanine level