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In Minnesota, the Star Tribune reports that UNFI-owned Cub plans to open a new store in Minnehaha this week, which at 46,000 square feet is the smallest of the stores carrying that name.

“"Our new Minnehaha Cub store expands our store portfolio and speaks to the benefits of urban living by providing a convenient shopping experience," says Cub CEO Mike Stigers. ”We continue to evolve our look and feel to have a better shopping experience in each department.”

The story notes that the store “will have a dozen grab-and-go concepts, including a popcorn shop, burrito bar, juicery, sushi bar and Refresh, which serves ice cream and Caribou coffee to customers both in the store and at a walk-up window outside … The store will be the first Cub to have a kombucha tap and the first with a panini bar … The smaller-sized store will have fewer ‘center store’ items, typically room-temperature packaged and canned food. Sales of those items have declined as consumers reach for more fresh products and grab-and-go items and meals.”

The store is on the ground floor of an apartment building.
KC's View:
The argument here for a long time has been that companies operating 100,000 square foot stores ought to be figuring out how to operate 50,000 square foot stores, that those operating 50,000 square foot stores ought to be thinking about 25,000 square foot units, and those operating 25,000 square foot units ought to be considering what 12,000 square feet would mean to their business models and value propositions.

Which seems to be what Cub is doing.