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5725 HIGHWAY 7

In 1947, Good Foods, Inc. built a Skippy Peanut Butter plant at 5725 Highway 7, so close to Central Junior High you could smell it. In fact, almost immediately, neighbors from the 3400 block of Yosemite complained of the “smell and rattle.” Skippy was first manufactured in Minneapolis in 1940.

An architect's drawing of the new St. Louis Park plant was included in the November 22, 1946 issue of the Dispatch, which stated that "Peanuts will be coming in by the carload to the new Skippy Peanut Butter plant on Highway seven when construction of the $200,000 building is completed." 


In 1949, you could enjoy the "Skippy Hollywood Theater" every Wednesday evening at 9:30 on WCCO radio. The company built a $50,000 expansion in 1950.



1954

In 1964-71, Skippy was a product of Best Foods, a division of Corn Products Co. (home office New York).  It employed 45 people.  In 1964 the plant manager was W.J. Gardner, and in 1971 it was J.B. Hanel.  

It is said that Skippy moved to Georgia to be closer to the peanuts.

In around 1977, the building became the home of McGarvey Coffee, owned by Superior Coffee and Foods. The company was started in Minneapolis in 1922, and moved when it was displaced by highway construction.

 


2006

Sara Lee bought the company in 1991; former owner Robert McGarvey, Jr. died in March 2001.


In January 2012, the St. Louis Park Patch reported that the plant would be closed in March and the building sold. 

 

In 2013 the City Council is hearing plans to redevelop the site into apartments and a mixed-use building known as Greenway Depot - see the Sun Sailor.



Developer's Sketch






 

 

This information comes from a variety of sources: newspapers, books, yearbooks, phone directories, interviews, etc. Given the varied sources, we cannot guarantee that all of this information is correct, and welcome any additions and corrections. Please contact us with your contributions and comments.