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Four recent changes in West Duluth

Kwik Trip construction Auto Stop slab Wild West Liquor Kosta's Gyros

Spirit Valley Days are underway in West Duluth. Here are a four observed changes in the neighborhood in recent days:

  • Construction for the new Kwik Trip on Raleigh Street and Grand Avenue has kicked into high gear. The building went up late last week, making a fall opening seem likely.
  • Around the same time the Kwik Trip went up, the former Auto Stop four blocks away was demolished. It had closed roughly five years ago. Materials for the Grand Avenue reconstruction are piled on part of the property at present.
  • Wild West Liquor at 318 N. Central Ave. closed its doors at the end of July. There is a for-sale sign in the window. All four West Duluth liquor stores that operated before Super One Liquor opened in 2010 are now gone. Liberty Liquor closed when Super One acquired its building. The former Spirit Bottle Shoppe closed in 2012 and became Shake It, a nutritional protein shake and juice bar. The old Sportsman’s Liquor at 3904 Grand Ave. is now the Law Office of Jessica L. Sterle.
  • Kosta’s Gyros abandoned its operation at the Minit Mart (formerly Little Store, still brandishing the Little Store name) on Central Avenue. Word has it there’s a new Kosta’s by Menards in Hermantown.

Also, the Duluth News Tribune reports that Community Action Duluth plans to build a greenhouse at the former Westminster Church location on Grand Avenue near Denfeld High School.

8 Comments

heysme

about 4 years ago

Qwik Trip or Kwik Trip?

Paul Lundgren

about 4 years ago

Kwik Trip. Thanks for the heads up on that. I'm never sure which is the proper way to misspell it.

heysme

about 4 years ago

Quik Trip is legit but I don't believe Duluth is ready for one after the influx of Kwik Trip.

cjrentals

about 4 years ago

Also in West Duluth the Interior Tomato moved to across the street from Beaners.  If you've never been it's a cute little shop that sells all things to help your plants grow.

MAnn

about 4 years ago

Sorry to hear of the three local liquor stores going out of business due to corporate America. 
Let us all shop local and support the little guy.  Thanks!

TimK

about 4 years ago

Super One, though probably an incorporated entity, is owned by the Miner family. It's not like Wal-Mart ran the other liquor stores out of business. It was probably a combination of issues -- volume pricing, higher rents, owners wanting to retire, etc. Demographics are changing, too. People are buying more growlers (not at the liquor store) and buying less hard liquor for home consumption.

MAnn

about 4 years ago

Walmart is owned by the Walton family. Loss of small businesses is due to a combination of issues. It comes down to how we want our neighborhoods to look for future generations.

Paul Lundgren

about 4 years ago

No more Snoodling in West Duluth

It should also be noted that Snoodle Ceramic Studio and Gallery was demolished recently to make way for an improved approach to the Lake Superior Zoo.

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