House of Hanson to close after 80 years in business

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A long-time neighborhood grocery store is closing its doors
Long-running and uber-convenient, Dinkytown grocery store House of Hanson will close its doors on July 31 after 80 years in business, reports the Twin Cities Daily Planet. The building was sold by owner Laurel Hanson Bauer to a company called Opus Development, which plans to build a large mixed use complex on the site.

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The building project will also affect Duffy's Pizza and a number of other Dinkytown businesses. Many small business owners and area residents vehemently opposed development plans and put together a 3,000-signature petition against the rezoning that will make the building possible. Those signatures were presented yesterday to zoning and planning committee.

For now Duffy's remains open, but Hanson Bauer says the sale is a done deal. If the redevelopment plans for the six-story complex move forward, Opus plans to build 140 apartments and some sort of commercial space over blocks of Fifth Street SE and 14th Avenue SE.

The House of Hanson first opened in 1932 and was owned and run by Bauer's grandfather Henry Oscar Hanson. Originally the store was at the front of the building on 14th Avenue, and the Hanson family home was behind it. For decades the grocery store had an ice cream parlor and full-service soda fountain inside of it.


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Josh Hass
Josh Hass

Fuckin college kids... I personally hate them for their youth.

hoffm83n
hoffm83n

the opus project should be built to provide infill. It will help create a more cohesive neighborhood with the completion of the UTEC site. Current rentals are at 2% vacancy which is very low and there is very much demand for these apartments. Opus has been looking for local business for the retail, if there is community input instead of just opposition, the U and dinky can continue to grow and become more sustainable and community oriented. 

elevatedserenity
elevatedserenity

As long as this doesn't effect Burrito Loco!!! Still the #1 Chipotle alternative anywhere and the best nachos in the Twin Cities!

Jeremiah Jazdzewski
Jeremiah Jazdzewski

the developers are ruining dinkytown just like they did uptown...next up, northeast. pretty soon there won't be any unique charm left.

Didier McDougall
Didier McDougall

I should have clarified, the two block development includes a full grocery store.

Didier McDougall
Didier McDougall

So across the street a massive new two-block development is being built, effectively putting House of Hanson out of business. Then a smaller development comes around and offers to not only buy House of Hanson but also infill a giant, blighted surface parking lot. And the city council denied this because it was too big? Has nobody noticed that the project across the street is more than twice as big and considerably more generic than the project that was just killed?

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

Thanks Opus, you greedy fucks! We're all looking forward to another generic glass-storefront-and-bland-apartment complex full of entitled college kids.

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