Super Valu retiree Russell Byerly and his son Don opened the
first Byerly’s store in Golden Valley in 1968. Byerly’s was
known for its innovations: wider, carpeted aisles,
waist-high flatbed-type shopping carts, a contract post
office, wider parking spaces, and a restaurant, all open 24
The St. Louis Park store, fifth in the chain, was opened in
1980, on 10 acres of the former Friedheim concrete plant –
3777 Park Center Blvd. The 92,000 sq. ft. store
was one of the largest in the United States. The parking lot
could hold 630 cars. At the time, the store was a sensation,
with write-ups in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times,
Business Week, and People Magazine. From the first it was
open 24 hours a day, and attracted more than 75,000 people
weekly, even hosting tour buses. One impressed tourist was
Vice President Dan Quayle.
The store originally featured the Woods Chocolate Shop,
which sold ice cream cones and fudge. There was also
an exclusive gift shop, Hallmark card shop,
pharmacy, expanded kosher delicatessen, bagel shop, flower shop,
220-seat restaurant, and 6,000 sq. ft. liquor store.
Lund’s bought the company in 1997. The St. Louis Park Store
was extensively refurbished in 2005. In 2006, the restaurant
featured historic scenes of St. Louis Park, as provided by
the St. Louis Park Historical Society.
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