Jerry’s Foods to anchor Bielenberg Gardens
Woodbury will soon be home to the first Jerry’s Foods of the east metro.
Jerry’s Enterprises officials announced Wednesday they’re building a Jerry’s Foods at Bielenberg Gardens, the new shopping center directly southwest of Radio Drive and Bailey Road.
The development will be anchored by the 65,000 square-foot store and a number of other accessory buildings to house restaurants, a gas station, pharmacy and a bank.
Jerry’s Enterprises operates four different concepts under Cub Foods, County Markets and Jerry’s Foods in Minnesota and Save a Lot in Wisconsin.
The Woodbury Jerry’s will join Edina and Eden Prairie when it opens in January 2015 as the company continues to grow its Jerry’s concept.
Company President Bob Shadduck said Jerry’s is different from the rural format of County Markets and the urban one of Cub Foods: “We feel there is an opportunity now to roll out the Jerry’s Foods concept.”
The company is also working on a fifth format as it buys seven Rainbow stores in the metro area with four converting into Cub Foods and three changing into the new, to-be-determined design.
The Woodbury store will have a strong emphasis on perishables, meats, produce and baked goods.
A Starbucks has already been approved for the Bielenberg Gardens Jerry’s and an eating area with an attached liquor store are also part of the plan.
It may be a bit similar to Kowalski’s, Shadduck said, but added its large size will set it apart.
“All of us are dabbling with different versions of seating as well and we have a different idea of what we’re doing,” he said.
Jerry’s Enterprises partnered with United Properties to buy the 30-acre farm site in 2012 to develop a design that would service southern Woodbury residents and their everyday needs.
Jerry’s Enterprises has been a real estate developer in Woodbury for more than 30 years when the company first purchased the old Penney’s grocery store at Valley Creek Road before changing it into Jerry’s New Market.
It later purchased the Tamarack Village Cub Foods, which has been part of the large shopping center for more than 20 years.
Jerry’s Enterprises was also owner of the Cabela’s site for a number of years before selling and developing it into the outdoor retailer. It’s also planning to develop a few other acreages on the north side of Woodbury, Shadduck said.
United Properties first purchased a 10-acre site southwest of Radio Drive and Bailey Road in 2006 to develop into a shopping center to serve southern Woodbury resident.
The project has been in the works for a number of years and the designs became closer to reality when construction began this year.
Bielenberg Gardens is part of a large development in Woodbury’s Phase 2 comprehensive plan dubbed Urban Village, which is poised to include senior housing, affordable housing, parks and walking trails.