Fans of Jimmy John’s at the Plaza strip mall in Duluth are going without their gourmet sandwiches today. The restaurant closed for good today at its 1221 E. Superior St. location.
But don’t despair. The sandwiches will continue.
Jimmy John’s new shop across the street at the Plaza Shopping Mall is ready to go. The restaurant’s closing is just temporary so the business can move across the street to its new space. It reopens at its new Plaza mall location at 10 a.m. Tuesday, sandwiched between the old Mr. Movies space and Great Harvest Bread Co.
The new digs look very much like the old shop, long and narrow backed with a brick wall, except it’s a bit smaller.
The restaurant’s exit from the strip mall, comes on the heels of the closing of Plaza Hair Stylists and the move of Anytime Fitness to a new location a few blocks away. That leaves a State Farm insurance agency and the Beijing Restaurant the lone tenants of the strip mall. Eventually, they’ll move out, and the mall will be razed to make way for a CVS pharmacy.
About that sale of Duluth-based Cirrus Aircraft last year… One could now say thank goodness!
Arcapita, the company’s former majority shareholder, filed for bankruptcy this week, after failing to reach an agreement with creditors, according to Bloomberg news.
Arcapita, a Bahrain-based private-equity firm, listed $3.06 billion in assets, but $2.55 million in liabilities in its filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan.
The global recession had reduced the company’s asset values and stymied the Arcapita Group’s ability to obtain needed liquidity from capital markets, according to Bloomberg.
Money owed includes a $1.1 billion “syndicated shari’ah complaint loan” due this month, Bloomberg said. Chapter 11 will allow the company to restructure without being hounded by creditors.
In June, the sale of Cirrus to China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co. based in Zhuhai, China, became final. Since then, Cirrus is apparently getting the needed funding to advance its jet program that it wasn’t getting from its previous owners.
You got another month to take advantage of the inventory closeouts underway at the Kmart near Miller Hill Mall in Duluth. And you got another month to say your good-byes.
The store at 1734 Mall Drive closes for good on April 22, store staff tells us.
It’s always sad to see a longtime store close. This one first opened in 1975. While the décor and ambience left something to be desired in recent years, I’ve certainly found some needed items there I couldn’t find anywhere else. Thank you Miller Hill Kmart.
But it’s been among owner Sears Holdings’ marginally performing stores. And business is business in the corporate world of bottom lines. So it’s among 79 Kmart and Sears stores the parent company is closing.
And that’s just the first round of closings. Let’s just hope our Sears in the Miller Hill Mall and our West Duluth Kmart are doing well enough to survive the cuts.
In December, Duluth-based ZMC Hotels sold the Vista Fleet to an employee and her husband.
The excursion boat biz had been run by the Goldfine family (dba ZMC Hotels) since 1979 when brothers Monnie and Erv Goldfine and Warren Silver purchased it. For 30 years the Goldfines expanded and improved the operation. But when Monnie, the last of the brothers, died in 2009, their children felt it was time to sell.
So last year, the fleet was reduced from three to two excursion boats — the 300-capacity Vista Star and 70-capacity Vista Queen — and the 200-capacity Vista King was sold. Then in December , Sarah Steinbach, the fleet’s sales and assistant general manager and her husband Justin, who was general manager of the Edgewater Resort & Waterpark (a ZMC hotel) bought the fleet, eager to continue its tradition of being a top tourist attraction in downtown Duluth.
But , it turns out, ZMC had another boat excursion operation, this one in Chattanooga, Tenn. And like the Vista Fleet, it has been a top tourist attraction in their downtown for decades.
After being owned by the Goldfine family for 25 years, ZMC sold the Chattanooga Riverboat Company six months before the Vista Fleet sale. The Chattanooga Riverboat Company — with a 500-passenger riverboat and a 15,000-square-foot barge – was sold to Joy Reinert, a longtime employee and the general manager, and her husband Joe and their children.
And like the Vista Fleet, John Goldfine had supervised the operation for many years.
That’s the conclusion of a sweeping national report just out about rental affordability that looked at every state, county and metro area in the country.
And guess what? Minnesota was the worst state in the Midwest when it comes to affordable rents. Minimum-wage workers could least afford modest two-bedroom apartments in Minnesota.
For such workers, it takes working 86 hours a week or working two full-time jobs to afford those rents.
And when it comes to affordability, Carlton County ranked one of the worst in the state. With 62 percent of minimum wage renters unable to afford these apartments, it tied with Winona County for second worse. Only Wadena County was worst with 67 percent.
The report said that statewide, about 54 percent of renters don’t earn enough to afford a two-bedroom apartment at a “fair market rate.” They would have to earn at least $15.50 an hour and work full time to afford it. But the typical renter earns about $12 an hour.
The report was released by the National Low Income Housing Coalition based in Washington D.C.
Fans of the former fishing boat-turned-concession stand in Canal Park can relax.
Crabby Bill’s is coming back this year.
The owners of the nautical-themed food wagon along the waterfront had put the beached boat business up for sale last year, causing its fans to fret its fate.
It apparently has been sold because a new five-year lease agreement goes before the Duluth City Council on Monday. The new lease is with Service By Bill, Inc. of Brooklyn Center, Minn. A lease is needed because the boat sits on land owned by the city.
Crabby Bill’s will continue under the modified name of Crabby Ol’ Bill’s because the new owners were required to make that change. But the new vendor will continue its signature finger food cuisine of smelt, walleye baskets and smoked fish, fried cheese curds, fruit yogurt and its popular mini-donuts. It’ll also serve up barbecue pork and fried crawfish (aka Minnesota lobster) sandwiches.
The lease calls for the city to get 10 percent of the business’s gross receipts in lieu of rent. The lease allows the business to be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week, from May 15 to Sept. 30. Of course, it’s up to the new owners if they’ll be open the entire time.
Call it full disclosure. Call it no more Mr. Nice Guy. Call it getting tough.
But the Better Business Bureau serving Minnesota isn’t holding back on consumer complaints about businesses anymore.
Until now, only the category of the complaint was available for public view and some basic information on how the complaint was closed.
But starting this month, you’re able to see all the dirty little details (or lack thereof) in the actual text of the complaint, and the initial business response and any business /consumer correspondence about the matter that followed.
It’s what consumers wanted, BBB staffers say. Consumers wanted more detailed information on the types of complaints filed against companies, and they wanted to know how those complaints were ultimately resolved. It lets consumers see how businesses responded to complaints and gives companies more of a voice in the process, too.
To start out, complaints will go back six months. Check out a business here.