So Long, Thriftway… It’s Been Fun

October 3, 2011 at 8:24 pm 3 comments

If you live in or around Crystal you have seen, and probably even shopped at Thriftway foods. Now, it’s no secret that it was a little run down, but it’s deli had some of the best fried chicken at a great value.

Thriftway’s final day was September 30th. I was shopping there shortly before then, and thinking about the conditions that led to their closing. This was a decades-old business, that suddenly folded. Why? Well, the Crystal City Council allowed Aldi’s to open a store right across the street. Within a handful of months, it was curtains for Thriftway. There’s something to be said about staying competitive, but these are two different types of groceries.

Why would Crystal allow this discount grocer to set up across the street from Thriftway? The answer is in the City’s comprehensive plan. The City wants to transform that block into high density housing above ground floor shops. This is the same comprehensive plan that had to be submitted to the Met Council, and is aligned with Agenda 21’s Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) goals. This block is vital to TOD, in the eventuality Hennepin County obtains the rail line along County Road 81. #6 – 57xx West Broadway. The dominant property in this area is the Thriftway grocery store, which due to its relatively large parcel size would be essential to redevelopment of the block. The current uses may continue for the foreseeable future, depending on market conditions. However, because this area is also starting to exhibit some signs of disinvestment and marginal uses, and because it comprises a transition from the Crystal Shopping Center to surrounding residential areas, it would be a strong candidate for redevelopment at some point in the future if current trends continue. If redevelopment does occur, the most likely uses would be medium or high density residential or destination office/retail. 

Why is the unelected Met Council involved, yet again? These appointed bureaucrats try to have complete control over all cities in the Metro area. Cities need to start pushing back. Where is our independence from gangster government? Crystal (as with any other city) is an independent city with an elected City Council, that should be responsible for running the daily affairs of their city. Why can’t the Met Council just butt out?

So long, Thriftway. So long anyone that stands in the way of redevelopment, no matter how long you’ve been a resident in good standing. It’s not you… it’s just your land, and they will steal it right out from under you whether they offer you a pittance or drive you out of business.


Entry filed under: Community, Crystal, Met Council.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Rikta11  |  October 4, 2011 at 7:37 am

    It is sad. I went and got my 8 piece chicken a week ago for the last time. This just marks the end of neighborhood grocery stores. And…….abolish the met council!!!!

  • 2. SpeedGibson (@SpeedGibson)  |  October 4, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Agree on the chicken, no question. But otherwise, well, it was time.

  • 3. m  |  October 4, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    the city had nothing to do with aldi’s movin across the street


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